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Published On: Wed, Sep 12th, 2012

Jose Alberto Mendez, Pennsylvania man, arrested after punching police officer and his horse named ‘Duke’

From Lancaster Pennsylvania comes a story of aggravated assault, escape, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct.

Jose Alberto Mendez mugshot Lancaster police

Jose Alberto Mendez, age 18, has no permanent address, allegedly punched a police officer and his horse.

Officer Scott McDonald and his horse, Duke, were punched as McDonald tried to break up a fight between two men, according to city police.

While mounted on his horse named Duke, McDonald began breaking up the fight when Mendez punched the horse in the shoulder and elbowed the officer in the right side of his stomach. Mendez allegedly threw a punch at McDonald, striking the officer’s helmet.

Mendez and the other man then fled on foot. Two other police officers, Rick Beighley and Erik Pannone, gave chase, capturing Mendez. During a brief struggle, Mendez was tasered, police said.

He was charged with aggravated assault, escape, resisting arrest, assaulting a police animal and disorderly conduct, and placed in Lancaster County Prison.

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