Police K-9 allegedly choked by burglary suspect

NEW CASTLE, Del. - July 29, 2010

Officers responded to the report of an attempted break-in in the 1200 block of Washington Street in New Castle.

A 73-year-old man and his wife called police to report that he heard loud banging noises outside the rear of their residence.

When officers arrived, they observed a man running from the rear of the residence.

A New Castle County Police K-9, Tessa, was deployed after the suspect refused commands to stop. The suspect, identified as Brian K. Brinton, 22, of the 1100 Block of Washington Street, then attempted to strangle the K-9 during apprehension.

Brinton was treated and released from Christiana Hospital for minor injuries he received from the K-9 during the arrest. He has been charged with Assault Second Degree on a Law Enforcement Canine.

Police recovered a knife and gloves near the crime scene.

The 73-year-old victim and his wife were burglarized back in early July 2010, and just 14 hours before the last burglary attempt, were victims of vandalism. The rear window had been boarded up due to the previous burglary.

Brinton has been linked to two previous incidents perpetrated against the victims.

Brinton was also charged with Burglary II, Attempted Burglary, Possession of a Deadly Weapon During a Felony, Possession of Burglary Tools, Felony Theft, Felony Resisting Arrest, Criminal Impersonation and three counts of Criminal Mischief.

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