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Man attempts to flatten tires, steal truck, fend off police dog in Presidio Park

A man was arrested after trying to flatten tires on a ranger patrol vehicle, steal a work truck and stab a police dog during a bizarre spree in Presidio Park Friday morning, San Diego police said.

Just after 7:20 am., a city park ranger called for help after a man, believed to be homeless and armed with two knives, tried to slash the tires on his patrol truck, Lt. Chris Tivanian told OnScene TV.

Officers arrived and found the man in the parking lot of the Palm Canyon trailhead off Taylor Street. They confronted him but he ran into a portable toilet — one already occupied by another person, Tivanian said.

That person fled the portable toilet, and the suspect holed up inside it. He soon emerged and confronted police, who shot him once with a beanbag, but it was “ineffective,” the lieutenant said.

The man took off running deeper into Presidio Park, where — still armed with the knives — he confronted maintenance workers and tried but failed to steal their truck.

He fled further into the park, where officers caught up with him and shot him a second time with a bean bag. They also released a police dog.

The suspect stabbed at the dog with what Officer David O’Brien said was described as like a garden trowel. OnScene reported it was a paint spatula.

Police were able to get the man into custody. O’Brien said he was taken to a hospital to be treated for dog bites.

Tivanian said the dog would be taken to a veterinarian to be evaluated. O’Brien said the dog was not injured.

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