Slur-spewing suspect tries to choke police dog after brutal anti-gay assault
Alexander Joseph Furrier (Palo Alto Police Department/Shutterstock)

A suspect repeatedly kicked a police dog and tried to choke the K-9 as authorities attempted to apprehend him following a brutal anti-gay hate crime in Palo Alto, Calif., early Sunday.

Alexander Joseph Furrier, 26, is charged with felony battery, felony hate crime, felony assault on a police dog, and resisting arrest, according to CBS Channel 5.

According to police, Furrier was at a house party with a woman he knew on Saturday night. When the woman left with two gay male companions, Furrier followed them, yelling homophobic slurs. When the gay men eventually parted ways with the woman, Furrier continued to follow her.

"The male victim then returned and told the suspect to leave the woman alone," the station reports. "According to police, the suspect then punched the man several times and while continuing to direct homophobic epithets at him. The suspect also threw the woman to the ground when she tried to intervene."

The male victim, described as being in his 60s, lost consciousness during the attack and was taken to a hospital after suffering a cut to the back of his head. The woman, in her 20s, wasn't injured.

When police arrived shortly after 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Furrier allegedly fled on foot and hid in a stairwell.

"Officers attempted to negotiate with the suspect, but he did not comply, police said," according to the station. "When a police dog was brought in to help take him into custody, officers said the suspect kicked the canine repeatedly and attempted to choke the dog. The dog bit the suspect in the leg and he was taken into custody without further incident."

Furrier was treated for a wound on his leg and a cut on his face, while the dog had a cut above its eye and may have injured a paw. A veterinarian was expected to examine the dog's injuries, according to the Palo Alto Daily Post.

Slur-spewing suspect tries to choke police dog after brutal anti-gay assault