Police: Assault suspect bitten, shocked then arrested

BATTLE CREEK, MICH. - A 42-year-old Battle Creek man was arraigned Monday on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, resisting police and domestic violence after his arrest Sunday morning.

Battle Creek police said they were called at 7:09 a.m. to the area of Capital Avenue and Hamblin Avenue after a caller said a man was hitting a woman.

The victim, 30, said she was walking with her boyfriend and they were arguing when he pushed her. However a security guard for a downtown business said he had just left work and saw the man draw his fist back to hit her. The caller said he was near enough to the man to call to him that he shouldn't do that. The man replied, "Why don't you get out and get some of this."

The off-duty security guard drove on but watched in his rearview mirror as the man punched the woman, knocking her to the ground. He called 911. He told police the man hit the woman two or three more times before police arrived.

A sergeant with a police dog approached the man and told him to stop, but the man continued to walk away. The sergeant said the man pulled something from his pocket and opened a knife. The officer, who was pointing his handgun at the man, ordered the man to stop or he would send the dog after him. The man removed his sweatshirt and used it to wrap his arm and said "Send him then."

Police said the man began to run away while holding the knife. The dog was released; the man hit the dog in the face with his sweatshirt-wrapped hand.

The man was caught next to a fence but refused to drop the knife, which was attached to his wrist with a lanyard. A second officer used a stun gun and the man dropped to the ground and dropped the knife. The dog bit at the man, pulling a shoe off his foot. 

The man was then arrested and taken to the Calhoun County jail.

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