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Brooklyn Man Holds Police Off With 3 Mastiffs Before Being Collared: NYPD

By Rachel Holliday Smith | August 25, 2017 6:02pm | Updated on August 28, 2017 8:51am
 A man was arrested in Crown Heights his week for resisting arrest behind three dogs.
A man was arrested in Crown Heights his week for resisting arrest behind three dogs.
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PROSPECT-LEFFERTS GARDENS — A man who stood behind his three dogs to avoid police has been charged with resisting arrest this week, police said.

Police went to the Bedford Avenue home of Joel John, 32, to arrest him for the violation of an order of protection on the morning of Aug. 17, but John ignored the officers. Instead, he went into the building’s backyard where he stood for approximately 20 minutes behind three mastiffs, preventing officers from handcuffing him, court documents show.

John was eventually taken into custody and has been charged with resisting arrest, government obstructing and trespassing, court records say.

No one was injured during the incident. John was released from jail without bail and is due back in court on Oct. 4. His representative from Legal Aid could not be reached for comment.

Other notable incidents in this week’s blotter from the 71st Precinct in Crown Heights, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens and East Flatbush include:

► A 79-year-old man was pushed down and robbed for his chain necklace. The robbery took place on Empire Boulevard and Troy Avenue as the elderly man was walking at 10:45 a.m. He told police an unknown man came up behind him, pushed him to the ground and took his 18-inch yellow metal chain worth $1,000. The man was uninjured and there has been no arrest.

► A 49-year-old woman reported to police that an unknown woman known only as “Cookie” hit her with a metal can as the woman was sitting on the corner of Ocean and Parkside avenues at 7 p.m. on Aug. 18. The suspect, “Cookie,” hit her on the left thigh with the can and then fled on foot. The victim told police she had never seen the woman before and had no idea what the motive could have been.

► A contractor working at a construction site at 195 Sullivan Place discovered someone had broken into the job site and taken more than $10,000 in tools. The man got to work on the morning of Aug. 21 and saw that two welders, a tool box, hammer drill, torch set and tanks had been removed. There has been no arrest.

► A worker at a Crown Fried Chicken at 580 Albany Ave. reported a break-in at the restaurant. The business was closed between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m on Aug. 22. When the worker arrived to open the eatery, he discovered someone had broken through the wall and forcibly removed cash from an interior ATM and cash box. The alarm in the store had been disabled and the computer connected to it has been dumped in a sink in the back of the store. A total of $2,000 in cash had been stolen.

The above list only describes those blotter items compiled by DNAinfo New York between Aug. 17 and Aug. 23, not all incidents that took place in a given precinct. To see all previous crime blotters from this precinct, click here.​​​​