A 33-year-old wanted fugitive from Ellendale, Robert N. Berry, was jailed and is facing multiple charges after he allegedly assaulted a Delaware State Police K9.
A 33-year-old wanted fugitive from Ellendale was jailed and is facing multiple charges after he allegedly assaulted a Delaware State Police K9.
Robert N. Berry was wanted for a violation of probation after allegedly cutting off his ankle GPS tracking device when police responded to a residence in the 2000 block of Bowers Beach Road at about 3:30 p.m. Aug. 5 to assist Probation and Parole, said Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier.
When troopers arrived at the residence, the homeowners informed them that Berry had fled to the second floor. A trooper and his K9 “Ripper” were dispatched at the residence and Berry was told the K9 would be released if he didn’t surrender, Fournier said.
Berry did not respond, and “Ripper” was released to search the second floor and a portion of the attic. The K9 located Berry in a small access area of the attic, and upon contact, Berry hit the dog in the neck, causing him to tumble onto his back. “Ripper” jumped to his feet and bit Berry’s left leg until troopers successfully had him in handcuffs, Fournier said.
Berry was taken to Kent General Hospital where he was treated and released for puncture wounds to his left leg.
“Ripper” did not sustain any injuries and continues to work patrol.
Berry is charged with resisting arrest and second-degree assault on a law enforcement canine. He was arraigned and committed to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on a $2,000 cash bond for the charges and a $50,000 cash bond on the violation of probation.