Danbury police K9 chases down accused sexual assailant


DANBURY — A city police K9 chased down an accused sexual assailant Saturday night, holding on to him despite the 21-year-old kicking him, police said.

Officers responded to Franklin Street and Fairview Avenue shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday for a reported sexual assault in progress, according to a police press release.

There, the 22-year-old victim said an Hispanic man grabbed her from behind around her face and neck before running behind a nearby building.

Zeke, a police K9, and his handler, Officer Greg Topa, found Jose Castro, 21, behind his Franklin Street home a few minutes later and Castro began kicking Zeke, the release said.

Zeke then bit Castro on his right thigh and  he was charged with unlawful restraint, third-degree assault and assault on a police K9 among related charges.

He was treated and released from the emergency room for the bite wound and held on $100,000 bond.

He is scheduled to appear in court Monday.

The victim, who was not identified, suffered a minor lip injury in the assault. Zeke was not injured, police said.


Dennis O'Malley