Crime & Courts

Man charged with hitting a police dog, criminal trespass

Robert B. Hunter
Robert B. Hunter

A Crystal Lake man was charged with striking a police dog, assault with a weapon and criminal trespass to a residence after hitting a Lake County Sheriff canine and injuring a deputy during a burglary on Wednesday.

Lake County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched at 6:15 p.m. to a residence in the 34700 block of North Iroquois Trail in unincorporated McHenry for a criminal trespass to residence complaint.

According to the sheriff’s office, deputies learned that Robert B. Hunter, 33, of the 400 block of Buckingham Drive in Crystal Lake, broke into a relative’s house while armed with a pipe.

Deputies located Hunter inside the home and tried to communicate with him, advising him to exit the house. Hunter did not comply and instead attempted to slam the front door on the deputies and went back inside the home.

According to the sheriff’s office, when deputies, including the sheriff’s canine, entered, Hunter threw a glass container at them and barricaded himself inside a bathroom.

Sheriff’s deputies then forced the bathroom door open and told Hunter to exit. The deputies warned Hunter that the police dog would be released if he refused to comply. Hunter continued to refuse, and the canine bit Hunter on the arm. Hunter swung at the canine and struck him, causing the canine to bite Hunter again. Hunter was then taken into custody.

During the incident, the canine was uninjured, and a sheriff’s deputy sustained a minor cut to the head.

Hunter was taken to Northern Illinois Medical Center in McHenry, where he received treatment for the dog bite. He was then released into the sheriff’s deputies custody and transported to Lake County Jail.

Along with his charges for striking a police dog, assault with a weapon and criminal tresspass, Hunter also was charged with aggravated resisting arrest and violating an order of protection.

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