An alleged combative individual who was threatening to fight with a 911 caller that witnessed him breaking out the window of a salon in downtown Manteca early Thursday morning was finally taken to the ground by a Manteca Police canine.
Officers had responded to the 100 block of West Yosemite Avenue for a disturbance call at 7:20 a.m. where a 52-year-old suspect was said to be causing a disturbance. Detective Sgt. Mike Sexon was first to arrive and located the man in the 100 block of South Maple Avenue and requested additional police units.
Officers Aaron Montoya and Dale Goforth arrived on the scene and attempted to take Michael Christopher Leon into custody, later booking him into county jail for disturbing the peace, resisting arrest and for a drug charge.
Leon was reportedly agitated, uncooperative and confrontational while taking a fighting stance and beginning to challenge officers and the police canine to a fight, police said.
Officer Montoya reportedly deployed and fired his taser which had no effect on Leon who began running away as officer Goforth deployed his police canine with the dog biting the suspect once in the leg as he tripped. After Leon fell to the ground, he continued to try to kick the canine, according to police.
Medics were called to the scene to treat Leon for injuries which were limited to cuts on his hands but no other injuries. He was reportedly uncooperative when speaking with officers, according the report. He was transported to a San Joaquin General Hospital by ambulance for a medical clearance prior to being taken to county jail.
One of the taser barbs went directly into the ground and the other barb did not appear to have penetrated Leon. It was found laying on the ground near him when he was handcuffed. No taser barb puncture could be located anywhere on his body. Officer Goforth’s canine bit Leon once on the leg and released him. Police said there were no tears or punctures in Leon’s pants and he had no visible marks or injuries where he had been bitten, police said.