Moberly man taken into custody after two incidents

11 months 3 weeks 4 days ago Saturday, October 22 2016 Oct 22, 2016 Saturday, October 22, 2016 4:19:00 PM CDT October 22, 2016 in News
By: Jacob Cavaiani, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

MOBERLY — The Moberly Police Department used a less lethal bean bag round and pepper spray to detain a man Friday after officers responded to two separate incidents he caused.

The Moberly Police Department received a call at approximately 8:00 p.m. Friday that a man, later identified as Jason A. Saldana, reportedly assaulted someone in the 900 block of West End Place and purposely directed his pit bull dog to attack the victim, who sustained minor injures.

In a separate incident, Saldana forcefully entered a residence in the 800 block of Franklin Street to escape police. After the suspect encountered the home owner, he fled the residence to a nearby alley, according to a press release. 

Responding officers then encountered Saldana, who refused to obey commands and threatened to release his dog on officers.

As officers attempted to take Saldana's dog into custody, it charged at an officer in an attempt to attack his leg. A single less lethal round was also used to prevent the dog from attacking other officers. The dog was secured by Moberly Animal Control and is being cared for with a nonlife-threatening injury. 

A probable cause statement, which was forwarded to the Randolph County prosecuting attorney's office, recommended charges of first degree assault, assault on law enforcement and resisting arrest by fleeing.

Saldana is being held in the Randolph County Justice Center on a $50,000 bond, which was authorized by Randolph County Associate Circuit Judge Cynthia Suter. 

(Editor's Note: KOMU.com has updated this story with the latest information and for clarity.)

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