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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