Officer injured in tussle, police dog bites suspect


A Menlo Park police officer was roughed up and a San Jose man bitten by a police dog on Tuesday evening in an incident in the Allied Arts neighborhood.

Officer Felicia Byars suffered non-life-threatening injuries in a tussle with San Jose resident Antonio Lydell Jones, 32, who was arrested and booked into San Mateo County jail on charges that included battery and assault on a police officer, police spokeswoman Nicole Acker said.

"She's fine," Ms. Acker said when asked about Officer Byars' condition.

Mr. Jones suffered a "minor bite" on the thigh from the department's police dog, Ms. Acker said.

Police also arrested and booked Christian Patee, 32, of Milpitas who was with Mr. Jones. Mr. Patee was charged with violation of parole, police said.

The incident began at about 6:40 p.m. when officer Steven Shaw responded to the 911 call about a suspicious vehicle in the Allied Arts neighborhood. Officer Shaw found the vehicle -- a black Chevrolet Camaro without license plates -- in the vicinity of Harvard and Cornell avenues, police said.

As is usual in a traffic stop, Officer Shaw pulled up behind the vehicle, got out, and asked the three occupants for ID, which they gave without incident, police said.

The suspects were ordered out of the car and to sit on the curb while the officer waited for reinforcements, police said.

Around the time officer Byars arrived at the scene, Mr. Jones took off running in the direction of El Camino Real and the Stanford Inn, police said. The dog found him hiding behind the Oasis Beer Garden, police said.

The dog bite to Mr. Jones' upper right leg was "minor" due to the dog's training, Ms. Acker said.

The report shows no indication that the officers used weapons, Ms. Acker said. Mr. Jones had a weapon -- a switchblade knife, for which he was charged -- but he did not display it, she said.

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Posted by Westside Trucker
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Jun 2, 2011 at 3:50 pm

Dont mess with a Menlo Park Police dog.

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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 2, 2011 at 5:44 pm

Good job MPPD.

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Posted by Menlo Voter #2
a resident of Menlo-Atherton High School
on Jun 6, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Yea don't mess with them, even if they break into your house illegally. Even after they realize they came into your house by accident. don't mess with them, they will point guns at your 2 year olds.

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