SAN DIEGO. A man sentenced in January to a year in prison for stabbing a San Diego police dog was arrested again Friday on suspicion of stabbing another police dog, authorities said today.
According to Lt. Adam Sharkey of the San Diego Police Department, 35-year-old Dedric Jones was jailed on Friday and faces seven possible felonies, including harming a police dog and assault with deadly weapons. Jones was approached by officers who answered a call about vandalism on Friday
said the lieutenant.
“The officers were sent to 3700 Riley Street, where they saw Jones brandishing a knife,” Sharkey said. “Despite the officers’ efforts to de-escalate the situation, Jones refused to cooperate and climbed into a parked car.
“Eventually Jones backed down and walked up to the officers, still armed with the knife,” Sharkey added.
Sharkey said the officers dispatched police dog Hondo, which was stabbed at least twice before the officers could take Jones, still armed with the knife, into custody.
Hondo was treated at the San Diego Veterinary Hospital and had to survive.
In January, Jones was armed with two knives and stabbed a Titan police dog after hours of confrontation, Sharkey said.
“The Dog Titan got 100 stitches, removed part of the colon and recovered in a few weeks,” the lieutenant said.
Jones pleaded guilty to animal cruelty and assault on the peacekeeper. He was sentenced to one year in prison, but was released in June on loans for the time he served.
Sharkey said Jones was on probation when he allegedly carried out the attack on Friday.
“Our system needs to better ensure that violent criminals are held accountable,” said Police Chief David Nisleith. “It’s ironic and tragic that a man who had the nerve to kill a police dog in January would commit the same crime just a few months later.”
Jones was scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday. His bail was set at $ 50,000, according to the prison’s online records.