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K-9 “Judge” Punched During Apprehension, Suspect Faces Several Charges

SPRING HILL – A Homosassa man is behind bars today after a Walmart “shopping spree” led to a foot pursuit and an unpleasant confrontation with a Sheriff’s Office K-9.

According to reports, 27-year-old Anthony Loren Edwards entered the Walmart located at 1465 Commercial Way on Sunday, where he filled a grocery cart with over $1,500 worth of merchandise. Edwards attempted to leave the store but was stopped by loss prevention employees who asked to see his receipt. That’s when Edwards fled the store with several employees and a Sheriff’s Deputy pursuing him on foot.

Edwards avoided capture for a short time but a K-9 unit arrived on the scene and quickly tracked Edwards to the County Water Treatment Facility Office on Osowaw Blvd. Deputy Brandon Cox, Partner “Judge,” and Deputy Joe Merando cornered Edwards inside the office, but Edwards refused to exit the building after being given several verbal commands. Subsequently, Dep. Cox to deployed his K-9, but instead of giving up after being bitten several times, Edwards began punching “Judge” about the head and snout.

Eventually, Edwards was taken into custody, treated at a local hospital for bite wounds, and later booked into the Hernando County Jail.

Edwards is charged with Grand Theft, Resisting Arrest, Burglary, and Battery on a K-9.

Edwards remains behind bars on a $13,000 bond.

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  • Judge is Doing Just Fine! He Loves Fast Food!!

    Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 10:18 am
  • give him community service minimum and give back to the community. but hey that probably will never happen.

    Tuesday, 29 November 2016, 8:27 pm
  • Good boy, Judge. Awesome job. Left a bad taste in your mouth I am sure. Happy Birthday to you Judge. And many more.,

    Tuesday, 29 November 2016, 8:00 pm
  • Thank you Deputy Cox his partner Judge and the HCSO K9 team, for all you do for us in our county,,,, and to the peice of crap that assaulted our K9, rot in jail dirtbag! Hope Judge ripped you up scumb*g!

    Tuesday, 29 November 2016, 7:13 pm
  • great news on a charge for battery on a k-9.. what is the fine or added length of jail time for this charge..wondering…hope judge has a wonderful birthday..

    Tuesday, 29 November 2016, 4:36 pm
    • Same as assault on an LEO.

      Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 1:15 am
  • Here come da Judge, you fool!!!!

    Tuesday, 29 November 2016, 3:59 pm
  • What a sweet baby, looks like he’s okay. Happy birthday Judge. What a good boy you are!!!!

    Tuesday, 29 November 2016, 3:11 pm
    • Good job Judge keep up the good work and after duty go get a tetanus shot

      Tuesday, 29 November 2016, 3:42 pm
  • Some people have NO BRAINS & Edwards definitely is one of them. First, it’s holiday season so stores have extra security. Second, the alarms will go off due to security “tags” attached to merchandise. Third, you are stupid enough to attack a canine officer?????

    Tuesday, 29 November 2016, 2:37 pm

    Tuesday, 29 November 2016, 2:31 pm
  • Hope Judge is okay!

    Tuesday, 29 November 2016, 2:27 pm

    Tuesday, 29 November 2016, 2:02 pm
  • Is the K-9 Judge, okay?

    Tuesday, 29 November 2016, 1:51 pm
  • Hangem, piece of sh*t

    Tuesday, 29 November 2016, 1:50 pm

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