Police canine apprehends assault suspect

May 20, 2009 8:33:13 AM PDT
New Castle County Police have arrested a man whom they say assaulted his girlfriend and then led police on a chase. A police canine is being credited with apprehending the suspect.

24-year-old Jonathon S. Hall, from the 200 block of Fendwick Avenue in Wilmington has been charged with multiple offenses after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend, fleeing police in his vehicle, causing at least four crashes, and then trying to outrun a police canine.

It all began around 4:15 Tuesday afternoon when officers responded to the Woodfield Apartments for a report of a domestic related assault. When police arrived, they encountered Hall physically assaulting a woman in the parking lot.

When the officers began approaching him, Hall ran to his car that was parked nearby. Officers were able to grab Hall through the window, however, he was able to place the car into drive and flee at a high rate of speed.

After fleeing the apartment complex, the Hall was involved in at least four crashes with other vehicles.

Police learned Hall had severely beaten his 28-year-old estranged girlfriend. He pulled a large amount of hair from her scalp and repeatedly struck her about he head and face. Police say Hall was attempting to force the victim into his car when they arrived.

Officers later located Hall on foot in the area of the Carousel Park near Skyline Drive. Hall again fled, but this time on foot. He entered some heavy thicket, so police deployed two dogs to flush Hall from the bushes.

The first canine, Bandit, was able to flush Hall out and a second canine named Tessa was then deployed and apprehended Hall after a brief chase.

Hall was later transported to the Christiana Hospital where he was treated and released for bite wounds to the chest, abdomen and forearm.

Hall has been charged with unlawful imprisonment, assault, terroristic threatening, offensive touching, 2 counts of resisting arrest, and breech of release. The breech of release charged was levied against Hall after police discovered he had been arrested earlier this year for a serious assault involving the same female victim. After his initial arrest, he was ordered to have no contact with the victim.

Hall has been arraigned and committed to the Howard Young Prison after failing to post $8,500 secured bail.

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