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Cops: Charges filed against burglar who punched police dog

Numerous charges have been filed against a burglary suspect who allegedly punched a police dog that helped apprehend him in northern New Jersey.


Clifton police tell The Record of Woodland Park that 22-year-old Angel Mendez ran from police on Friday and was found a short time later hiding under the front porch of a home. Mendez allegedly punched the police dog as he was being arrested, and the canine bit Mendez on the upper thigh. 

Mendez, who has no known address, faces four counts of burglary.

He's also charged with aggravated assault of a police dog, resisting arrest and obstruction of justice. A telephone number for Mendez could not be found Saturday, and it was not known if he has retained an attorney.