Ertzaintza Injured by Dog of Man Arrested for Robbery

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THREE Ertzaintza officers were injured when they were attacked by a dog whose owner was arrested for robbery.

The Ertzaintza has arrested a man who, after robbing a company in Arrigorriaga (Bizkaia), threatened agents with a knife and then threw his dog at them which bit three policemen, for which they needed medical assistance.

At around 3 am and 4 am this Friday, an Ertzaintza patrol saw a suspiciously behaved van in the Atxukarro de Arrigorriaga industrial estate, when the agents attempted to halt it the occupant got out of it and fled, according to the Basque Department of Security.

The person held a police record and had been involved in various incidents that had required the presence of the Ertzaintza and so was recognised by agents.

The agents verified that the Peugeot Partner van belonged to a company in this polygon and a police crew approached their premises, where they saw that the access gate was disengaged and open, and inside there were boxes and objects thrown on the ground.

The owner subsequently went to the pavilion and stated that he had left the van parked inside the warehouse the previous afternoon. He also noticed that a window at the back of the pavilion that was previously bricked up was now open.

Minutes before 4 am, the suspect was located in the Atxukarro polygon itself, where he threatened the ertzainas with a knife and pushed his dog towards them. The dog bit three agents who later needed medical attention for their wounds.

The attacker then fled to some nearby orchards where at around 5 am he was arrested and detained. The 43-year-old arrested man maintained a violent attitude during the incident, causing damage to the police vehicle in which he was transferred.

In a search carried out this Saturday in the shack where the arrested man lives, several weapons have been found such as a gas pistol and a handmade knife that has been modified to be used as a weapon.

Different objects have also been found whose origin is being investigated since it is suspected that they may have come from robberies in nearby companies.

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