Habitual criminal chokes K9 during arrest

SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane man who has a tendency to run afoul of the law attempted to choke a Spokane police K9 during his most recent brush with police.

On Tuesday Spokane police officers went to the 600 block of E. 9th Avenue to serve a Department of Corrections escape warrant on Richard Urbanski, 29. Urbanski is a 10-time felon with convictions for burglary, possession of stolen property and resisting arrest, which is what he did when he fled from deputies and a Spokane County Sheriff's K9 several weeks ago and is what he reportedly did again Tuesday.

When officers arrived they told Urbanski to come out of the residence but he refused to leave so Officer Dan Lesser and his K9 partner Rav were called in to assist.

Lesser made several more announcements requesting Urbanski to leave, so when he continued to stay inside, Lesser and Rav went in looking for him after getting consent from the homeowner to extricate him from the premises.

Rav was able to locate Urbanski under a crawlspace in the home and Lesser could hear a struggle and Rav having trouble breathing. Urbanski had grabbed Rav's collar and was twisting it, choking the K9. Lesser told Urbanski to release his partner several times, however Urbanski refused to obey the command. Since he refused to release Rav, Lesser went ahead and released his taser on Urbanski, who became compliant and released Rav.

Urbanski was taken to the Spokane County Jail and booked on the escape warrant and an additional charge for harming a police dog.

Rav was not seriously injured.