NORTH BEND — A 54-year-old Coos Bay man, one of three arrested on Friday afternoon after police responded to a report of criminal trespass in progress, is accused of punching a police canine as the animal was assisting in his apprehension.
Deputies from the Coos County Sheriff's Office arrived at an address on Gurney Drive, near North Bend, at 12:32 p.m. on Friday, and upon arrival learned of "an ongoing property line dispute."
One deputy saw a man, later identified as Steven R. O'Daniels, 38, of North Bend walk away from the deputy and into a shop-style building on the property. O'Daniels' wife remained with the deputy "to explain her side of the story."
When a records check revealed O'Daniels had two outstanding warrants in Clatsop County for failure to appear on commercial fishing crimes, the deputy approached the shop and called out for O'Daniels to tell him he is under arrest.
"The deputies heard banging and slamming from the back of the shop and it was believed the subject fled out the back of the shop on foot," according to the sheriff's office.
When one of the deputies attempted to move into the shop, Jennifer A. Skinner, 27, of North Bend allegedly attempted to block his path.
"Mrs. Skinner told Deputies she was the only one inside the shop and said Steven had never been inside. Mrs. Skinner would not allow access to the shop and continued to block the door. Mrs. Skinner was arrested on the charge of hindering prosecution for her role in attempting to conceal the wanted subject from officers," according to the police statement. She was later released from custody.
Odin, a police canine, was deployed to search for O'Daniels. As the dog tracked through the brush, he located Albert L. Munnerlyn, 54, of Coos Bay allegedly hiding in the dense brush.
"Albert struck K-9 Odin in the side of the head and was subsequently bit and secured," according to the sheriff's office.
Munnerlyn later said he ran out the back window of the shop with O'Daniels because he though he was wanted. He then pointed up the hill and said O'Daniels had traveled that direction.
Munnerlyn was charged with second-degree criminal trespass and interfering with a police animal and later released from custody.
Deputies located O'Daniels near Waymire Lane with assistance from Odin and several callers. O'Daniels was arrested on two outstanding warrants and held at Coos Count jail on $1 million bail.