Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

July 31, 2013

Man charged in attack on police K-9

Xena, a 2-year-old Belgian malinois, was treated and released from Kokomo Animal Hospital.

By staff reports
Kokomo Tribune

---- — A Kokomo man is behind bars after police say he attacked a police K-9 during his arrest on a burglary charge on the city’s north side.

Officers, with the help of K-9 Xena, a 2-year-old Belgian malinois, responded to a burglary in progress Saturday at a residence in Amberwood Circle.

Officers secured a perimeter as they searched for a man who reportedly ran into a weeded area. Xena tracked the suspect, Daniel G. Blackburn, 41, and apprehended him after a short distance.

Sgt. Tonda Cockrell reported Blackburn attacked the dog around its face and resisted officers before he was taken into custody.

Police arrested Blackburn on charges of felony burglary and misdemeanor resisting law enforcement and striking/interfering with a law enforcement officer, according to Cockrell.

Blackburn was treated and released from St. Joseph Hospital and was transported to the Howard County Criminal Justice Center without further incident.

The dog was treated and released from Kokomo Animal Hospital for her injuries.

If convicted, Blackburn could face up to 20 years on the burglary charge and up to a year on each of the misdemeanors.