Redding Police K-9 Vermut Aids in Domestic Violence Arrest

Javier Gonzalez Torres

On Monday, August 15, 2011 at approximately 8:08 p.m., Redding Police Officers were dispatched to the Bechelli Lane Market, 3408 Bechelli Lane regarding a domestic violence incident. At approximately 8:19 p.m., officers arrived on scene and contacted the female victim.

Officers learned at approximately 7:45 p.m. the female victim went to the 1100 block of Layton Road to contact her boyfriend, Javier Gonzales Torres, age 25. The victim and Torres have an on-and-off-again relationship and also have child together. The victim and Torres got into a heated argument.

During the argument, Torres reportedly became extremely violent. Torres grabbed the victim by the arms and forced her to the ground. Torres allegedly kicked the victim in the head and upper body numerous times. Torres allegedly grabbed the victim by the hair and slammed her face into the ground several times. A witness intervened on the victim’s behalf, so the victim could drive away with her child. The victim’s 2½-year-old child also witnessed the attack. The victim then called for the police.

The victim suffered bruising to her face. The victim did not seek medical attention.

Officers obtained information on the possible whereabouts of Torres and followed up on the information.

Kip Kinneavy & K9 Vermut

At approximately 9 p.m., officers located Torres inside a friends’ apartment at the 1800 block of Hartnell Avenue. Officers observed Torres inside the apartment. Officers knocked on the door and attempted to make contact with Torres. Torres reportedly refused to come to the door and fled to the second story bedroom area of the apartment.

After an hour, officers were allowed into the apartment by a third party and found Torres hiding in the attic. Officers reportedly gave numerous commands for Torres to come down out of the attic to submit to arrest. Torres refused. Officer Kinneavy deployed Canine Vermut into the attic and Torres was apprehended.

Torres was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, assault with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest.

Officers transported Torres to Shasta Regional Medical Center for treatment of a dog bite to his shoulder. Officers then booked Torres at the Shasta County Jail.

-from press release

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