LA MESA (CNS) - An East County man was arrested Friday after allegedly kicking and choking his wife during an argument, then locking himself in their home when officers arrived to question him.
The woman made an emergency call shortly after 2 a.m. to report the alleged domestic assault in the 5000 block of Thorne Drive in La Mesa, according to police.
She met arriving patrol officers outside and told them her husband, 51-year-old Daniel Garcia Guzman, had kicked her in the abdomen during a quarrel, then pinned her down on a sofa and choked her to the point that she nearly lost consciousness, Lt. Dan Willis said.
Guzman refused to cooperate when police directed him to come out of the house, Willis said. After repeated orders to comply failed to persuade Guzman to surrender, officers sent a service dog into the home.
Finding the man in a closet, the animal bit him and pulled at his clothing, allowing police to take him into custody, the lieutenant said.
Officers took Guzman to Sharp Grossmont Hospital for treatment of minor injuries he suffered during the encounter with the dog. The suspect then was booked into county jail on suspicion of assault and resisting arrest.
His wife did not seek medical treatment, Willis said.
Guzman was being held on $30,000 bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.
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