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Man Arrested After Kicking, Punching Police Dog in Clarendon

Police car (file photo)A Maryland man is in jail after police say he kicked and punched a police dog while burglarizing a restaurant in Clarendon.

The incident happened just before 3:30 a.m. Saturday, on the 3200 block of Wilson Blvd.

Police say 24-year-old Christian Taylor, of New Carrollton, forced entry into a restaurant and struck an employee in the face as part of a burglary. Police were called and arrived while the man was still inside the business.

“The subject ignored [an] officer’s commands to exit the business,” according to an Arlington County Police Department crime report. “Following several announcements by police that were unanswered by the suspect, a K9 was deployed. The suspect kicked and punched the K9. Officers were able to take the combative subject into custody.”

Taylor has been charged with burglary, destruction of property, assault on a police dog, obstruction of justice and assault and battery.

Police did not specify the name of the restaurant, but there are only two on the 3200 block of Wilson Blvd: Silver Diner and Northside Social.

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