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Man Arrested After Alleged Foot Pursuit and Strangling Police K-9

Rodrigo Calderon and Glendale Police Department K-9 Coda are seen in photos released by the Police Department on Aug. 27, 2021.
Rodrigo Calderon and Glendale Police Department K-9 Coda are seen in photos released by the Police Department on Aug. 27, 2021.

Man Arrested After Alleged Foot Pursuit and Strangling Police K-9

Glendale Police Department Press Release

Male Taken into Custody After Foot Pursuit, Entering an Occupied Residence and Strangling a K-9

On August 24, 2021, just after 3:30 p.m., officers assigned to the Glendale Police Department’s Special Enforcement Detail (SED) observed a male who was looking into windows of vehicles parked in a motel parking lot on the 1500 block of E. Colorado St. The male then entered a taped off area of the motel.

Officers contacted the male, later identified as 29-year-old Rodrigo Calderon of Glendale, and noticed a bulge in his waistband. While they were speaking with him, an employee of the motel came outside and told Calderon he was in a restricted area that was for employees only. A subsequent search of Calderon produced pepper spray and magnets. Officers also discovered that Calderon potentially had a no-bail parole warrant and a separate $500,000 warrant out for his arrest. While officers were confirming his identity, Calderon took off on foot running toward Colorado St.

Officers chased Calderon until he ran into a residence on the 1500 block of Orange Grove Ave. Shortly after, a resident exited the location and stated a male unknown to them (Calderon) had just run into their house. Officers were able to evacuate the second resident and confirmed that Calderon was the only person remaining in the house. Officers had also used departmental resources to confirm Calderon’s identity and that he had the above-mentioned active warrants. After several announcements were made by officers for Calderon to exit the residence, he refused. Officers from GPD’s K-9 Unit announced that they would be releasing a K-9 into the residence. Calderon continued to refuse to exit and the K-9 was released into the residence followed by a search team.

Officers observed the K-9 enter a room at the location, then heard barking and yelling. Officers entered the room and saw that Calderon was on top of the K-9 with his arm around the K-9’s neck, actively strangling the dog. Officers gave Calderon orders to release the K-9, but he refused to comply. A taser was subsequently deployed and Calderon was taken into custody. Calderon received medical treatment for his injuries, then was transported and booked at the Glendale PD Jail for burglary and obstruction along with two outstanding warrants and a parole violation.

During the investigation, it was learned that Calderon had booked a room at a nearby hotel with another individual. Officers performed a parole compliance check at the room and 23-year-old Isaiah Miller (transient) was located inside of the room. A search of the room produced four small plastic bindles of methamphetamine, a glass pipe with a bulbous end, a large amount of cash in various denominations, and two bank cards in other people’s names. Miller was arrested for possessing a controlled substance for sale and identity theft. Due to LA County’s emergency “Zero-Dollar” bail order, Miller was released from custody with a notice to appear in court at a later date.

K-9 Coda appeared in good health after the incident.

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