Palo Alto arrested on suspicion of hate crime after violently attacking 2 people, police dog

PALO ALTO, Calif. (KGO) – A man was arrested after an expected violent hate crime assault on two victims in Palo Alto town last week, police said.

Around 1:32 a.m. Sunday, police responded to the University Avenue and Waverly Street area after reports of two men fighting. When officers arrived, they found two victims, a man in his 60s and a woman in her 20s, and a male suspect in his 20s. Police said the male victim temporarily lost consciousness, while the female victim did not suffer. The suspect immediately fled on foot.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect and female victim were acquaintances and were at a downtown bar and house party with fellow friends that night. The female victim left the house with the male victim and another man, both of whom she identified as gay. Police said the suspect followed the three on foot and continued to call the two men homophobic epithets. When they reached University Avenue on Waverley Street, the men separated from the female victim, while the suspect remained with her despite telling her to leave him alone.

As the suspect refused and continued to tell her the rude thing, the male victim returned and told the suspect to leave the woman alone. Police said the suspect then punched the man multiple times and while homophobic epithets continued to be directed at him. The suspect also dropped the woman to the ground in an attempt to intervene.

When officers arrived, the suspect fled away, before being caught hiding on a staircase in an apartment complex at 400 blocks of Everett Avenue, about two blocks away.

Officers tried to negotiate with the suspect but he did not comply, and when a police dog was brought in, the suspect repeatedly kicked the dog, trying to choke him. The dog bit the suspect’s leg and the suspect was arrested without further incident.

The suspect identified as 26-year-old Alexander Joseph Furrier of Palo Alto was treated for a wound in his leg before being arrested. The police dog had a cut above one of his eyes and may have injured one leg.

Furrier was taken to the Santa Clara County Jail on charges of felony battery, hate crime, police assault on a police dog and resisting arrest.

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