Suspect in assault is charged with hitting Wake deputy’s K-9 after capture

From staff reportsJuly 10, 2013 

Derick Montique Harper


— A man from Wilson was charged with hitting a police dog and four felonies in connection with an assault and his being chased after a traffic stop Tuesday, Wake County sheriff's deputies said.

Derick Montique Harper, 40, of 1706 Dartmore Drive in Wilson was a suspect in an assault on a woman when Deputy Greg T. Wall, a K-9 officer, stopped his car on New Bern Avenue shortly after 1 a.m., according to an arrest report.

Harper ran away, authorities said, and Wall sent his partner, Rico, after him.

Harper was accused of “punching him in the head several times” after Rico caught him, according to an arrest warrant.

Neither Harper nor Rico were injured, Capt. James Stevens said.

Harper was charged with assault by strangulation, assault on a female, possession of a firearm by a felon, carry a concealed gun, second-degree kidnapping, felonious restraint, resisting an officer and under a section of state law that makes it a misdemeanor to assault a law enforcement or rescue animal.

He was being held Tuesday in lieu of $125,000 bail pending a court appearance.

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