A man accused of hitting a Westminster police dog and its handler with a crowbar early Friday has been charged with assault with intent to murder, burglary, two deadly weapon counts and related charges.
Robert L. Stultz III, 30, of the 100 block of E. Main St. is being held in lieu $175,000 bail after a second hearing before a court commissioner late Friday, when charges of assault with intent to murder were added.
He was in the Carroll County Detention Center yesterday afternoon.
City police said they received a call of a burglary in progress at the Eagle Oil Co. in the 200 block of E. Green St. about midnight Thursday and discovered a 3-by-4-foot side window broken when they arrived.
Sgt. Steven Shatzer, the police dog handler for city police, was called. When officers suspected someone might be inside the building, Sergeant Shatzer released his dog, Rin, to search the business office and warehouse.
According to court documents, a man struck the dog on the head with a crowbar as the officer entered the building through the window. The man then struck the officer on the arm three times.
Sergeant Shatzer said he told the man he was under arrest but that the man ran toward a closed window and attempted to break it out with the crowbar.
The man was apprehended and charged with burglary, cruelty to an animal, assault and battery.
Additional charges of resisting arrest, malicious destruction of property and two deadly weapon counts were lodged against him.
Sergeant Shatzer was released from Carroll County General Hospital after treatment for minor arm injuries and was told to remain off duty for three days.
The dog was examined by a veterinarian and will be monitored for several days, police said.