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Burglary suspect punches police dog while trying to escape from authorities

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Posted at 6:39 PM, Jan 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-11 20:39:08-05

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – A burglary suspect who punched a police dog as he tried to escape authorities was arrested late Tuesday night in Colorado Springs.

Edgardo Nunez-Palencia, 25, reportedly broke into a hotel in the area of Pikes Peak Avenue and Printers Parkway sometime before 11 p.m.

When police arrived, they found a sliding glass door that had been forced open on one side of the building.

As they tried to go inside, police said they spotted Nunez-Palencia jumping from the second floor of the building. The suspect tried to run from police but was stopped by K-9 officers Donovan and Max.

Nunez-Palencia then hit Max several times before he was stopped and taken into custody, according to our ABC affiliate in Colorado Springs, KRDO-TV.

Max suffered no injuries.

Nunez-Palencia was charged with second-degree burglary and cruelty to a certified police dog, according to KRDO-TV. 

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