An Anchorage man spent Thanksgiving in jail and remained behind bars Tuesday after being charged with beating his girlfriend and her pet dog, drunkenly fleeing from police in his car and slamming into two patrol cars.
In the end, a police dog got some measure of revenge for its fellow canine by nabbing Oscar Fabela Villa II as he tried to run from the cops, according to a charging document.
Court records show Villa, 21, was out on bail in an earlier case and on probation for previous convictions. He now faces seven felony charges and seven misdemeanors in the new case, including assault, animal cruelty, drunken driving and resisting arrest.
It was about 12:20 a.m. Thursday when the victim's family member called 911, police spokeswoman Dani Myren said. The officers went to a home in the 3300 block of Mount Vernon Court, Myren said.
Villa's girlfriend told the officers Villa was drunk. She hid his keys so he could not drive, according to the charges.
"Villa told her she should be afraid of him and then grabbed her by the neck and strangled her until she passed out," the charges say. "When she came to she was in a bedroom and Villa was holding her pet dog by the collar and hitting and kicking the dog repeatedly."
The dog is a Rottweiler-shepherd mix, Myren said. It freed itself, but Villa grabbed its collar again and continued hitting it, the charges say. His girlfriend tried to protect her pet, and Villa allegedly held onto the woman and punched her in the face. Then he let her leave with some belongings and the dog, the charges say. Soon after, he sent her a text message that he had a rifle, according to the charging document.
The police officers found the gun -- a basic, bolt-action rifle, Myren said -- and a bent steak knife, which Villa had apparently used to carve an expletive in a couch cushion, the charges say.
Villa was gone, but police spotted him driving a tan or gold 2001 Suburban near 36th Avenue and Lake Otis Parkway a short time later, Myren said. An officer followed him, waiting for backup, and tried to stop the Suburban, the police spokeswoman said.
"It matched the description of the vehicle they were looking for. They attempted to stop it, but he declined," Myren said.
Villa turned onto Stanford Circle and accelerated as the officer turned on his siren, Myren said. Then Villa reached a dead end, she said.
"He spun a 180 and was facing the officer," Myren said. "He was yelling and screaming."
Villa's Suburban hit the officer's bumper, glanced off and hit another patrol car, Myren said. The vehicle became high-centered and Villa ran, the charges say.
After giving Villa warnings to stop, an officer released his police dog, a Belgian Malinois named Aerie. Villa continued running about a half-mile through a park and some backyards, Myren said. He jumped several fences on Princeton Way, she said.
The dog latched onto Villa's arm and dragged him to the ground, Myren said.
"Villa fought off the dog and continued running until he was taken down a second time and officers were able to get him in handcuffs," the charges say. "He was very combative with officers and threatened to kill the police dog ..."
The officers had Villa in custody at about 1:20 a.m., Myren said.
A breath test of Villa registered a blood alcohol level of 0.11, above the legal limit to drive of 0.08, the charges say. A friend of the girlfriend later sent police a picture showing a cut on her dog's eye.
Officers took Villa to jail, where he remained Tuesday, according to court records.
By CASEY GROVE