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SIMI VALLEY : Suspect Held After Struggle With Dog

A Simi Valley man suspected of assaulting a child was arrested after struggling with a police dog that found him hiding in his bedroom closet, authorities said Tuesday.

Police went to the home of Daniel Sean Casey, 40, about 8 p.m. Monday to investigate a report by the parent of a 14-year-old Simi Valley boy that Casey had allegedly assaulted the boy earlier in the evening.

Investigators arrived at Casey’s home on the 1700 block of Mayfair Street to interview him regarding the report, but he refused to come out of the house, according to police.

After several warnings, investigators unleashed a police dog to search the premises. Within minutes, the dog discovered Casey crouched in a closet, but police said Casey refused to surrender.

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Casey hit and choked the dog several times before officers were able to handcuff him, police said. He was arrested on suspicion of injuring a child and assaulting a police dog.

Casey suffered several dog bites and was treated at Simi Valley Hospital and released to the custody of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department.

He is in custody at Ventura County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned today, a jail commander said.


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