BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A man is behind bars after allegedly punching and kicking a police dog after robbing a gas station Thursday morning.
A police officer conducting a routine check at a gas station on Florida Boulevard noticed a suspect, later learned to be 18-year-old Donald Ray Carter, reaching through the cashier window. The officer says that the employee was trying to hit Carter with a baseball bat.
As the officer approached the building, the suspect ran out the door towards the BREC Headquarters building. The officer was told that a K-9 unit was in the area, and assisted in the foot chase.
Reports say that Carter jumped into a drainage ditch near the Ardenwood Park Apartment Complex. The K-9 unit was sent after Carter, and caught him after several minutes of chasing. Authorities say that Carter tried to get away from the K-9 through punching and kicking.
Officers later learned that Carter allegedly pointed a handgun at the store clerk and demanded money from the register.
Carter faces charges of armed robbery, resisting an officer by force or violence, and attempt to injure or kill a police dog.