New Castle News

April 9, 2014

Man charged for disrespecting police dog

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — A West Side man arrested during a struggle faces a felony charge for allegedly antagonizing a police dog.

New Castle police allege Mark Lee Jackson Jr., 19, of 802 Etna St., was with a 17-year-old male on North Mill Street around 2:30 p.m. Sunday and tried to incite a man who was with his son in a parking lot to fight with him.

The man told police he had tried to get away from them but the juvenile and Jackson kept approaching him, yelling and telling him to fight them.

The man told police he and his son got into his vehicle and the teen and Jackson punched and kicked his car, damaging the back liftgate, the rear driver’s side quarter panel and the front driver’s side.

The man said he had called 911 from inside the car and Jackson and the juvenile left on foot.

Police found them on West Washington Street and arrested them.

Officers said Jackson was yelling and screaming and threatening them.

During the arrest, Jackson was led to rest against a front bar on the police car, and he jumped over it onto the vehicle’s hood, scratching the black paint with the handcuffs.

A police canine in the cruiser was barking through the open window and Jackson used profanity at the dog and told him to shut up, officers said.

The policeman told Jackson to stop antagonizing his partner or he could face felony charges, and Jackson yelled more profanity, saying he didn’t care about the New Castle police, “you, that dog and that officer getting out the car,” according to police.

Jackson kicked the rear driver’s side door while in the back seat of the cruiser, according to police.

Jackson faces one count of taunting a police animal and two counts each of criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.

He was arraigned by District Judge Melissa A. Amodie, who set his bond at $1,500.

Police said juvenile charges are pending against the teen, who lives in Mahoningtown.