A 17-year-old ‘graffiti guy’ was bitten by a police dog last night and taken to Fiona Stanley Hospital.
Police spokesman Samuel Dinnison said that about 3am the constabulary received information regarding a crew of up to five people allegedly spraying paint onto properties along Canning Parade in Como.
The first police car to arrive was from the police canine unit, and the dog handler saw the crew allegedly spraying paint onto a wall near the corner of Canning Parade and Gentilli Way.
Mr Dinnison said the dog handler told the crew to stay where they were, or police dog Santos would be released.
The crew allegedly started to run and Santos was unleashed.
Santos took a boy, 17, of Scarborough, into custody by mouthing of one of his legs.
The handler caught up and told Santos to release the boy. He then told the boy to stay seated.
Mr Dinnison said the boy allegedly stood up and started running away again.
He was again told to stop, lest Santos again be released.
However, the boy allegedly keep running and Santos was again unleashed.
Santos caught up the boy and took him into custody by mouthing one of his arms.
The boy was taken to Fiona Stanley Hospital to receive treatment for dog bite injuries. Charges have not yet been laid.
A 20 year-old Alexander heights man was found nearby and arrested. he has been summonsed to appear in court on three counts of criminal damage.
Santos was not the only police dog to bite someone overnight. In Perth, a woman was bitten by Santos’ canine colleague Freddie after the driver of a purple Holden Commodore she was in allegedly absconded from a booze bus.