A 51-year-old man was arrested for a theft at a West Hartford department store on Tuesday and police said during the escape tried to choke the police K9.
Police said Hartford resident Ezekiel Scott shoplifted at the Sears on New Britain Avenue around 5 p.m. While fleeing the store, police said Scott “verbally threatened” a loss prevention employee.
Scott fled in a 1997 tan Buick LeSabre, but an off-duty officer, who was in his cruiser, followed the vehicle onto Interstate 84. Scott drove to Sisson Avenue in Hartford where police said he stopped for traffic.
During the stop, the off-duty officer attempted to arrest Scott. However, police said Scott “broke away” from the officer, but was arrested a short time later.
During the struggle with the officer, police said Scott “wrapped his hands around the neck of K9 Jett and tried to strangle him.” The officer was able to break Scott’s grip and arrest him.
Scott told police that “voices” made him hurt the officer and K9 Jett.
Scott suffered bite marks on his right forearm and was taken to St. Francis Hospital for treatment. He was released and is being held on $25,000 bond.
The officer and K9 did not suffer any serious injuries, police said.
Scott was charged with second-degree robbery, third-degree larceny, first-degree threatening, assault on a police officer, interfering with an officer and cruelty to animals.
Police said Scott has 13 arrests and convictions for robbery, burglary, assault and larceny.
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