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Man charged after alleged attempted carjacking

A Suffolk man has been charged with multiple felonies after an alleged string of crimes including an attempted carjacking of a police vehicle.

Timothy Dawson Jr., 37, of Suffolk, is charged with strong-armed robbery, three counts of assault and battery of a police officer, carjacking, resisting arrest – obstruction of justice, two counts of killing or injuring police animal, destruction of property, disorderly conduct and fleeing from a law enforcement officer.

The alleged incidents happened on Saturday, according to a city press release. At 10:33 a.m., a 72-year-old woman reported that a man pushed his way into her car and demanded money at the 7-Eleven parking lot in the 1900 block of Holland Road.

The victim was able to sound her car alarm, and the subject fled on foot. The woman was not injured and provided police a description of the suspect.

An officer saw the man walking in a nearby neighborhood and attempted to take him into custody, the press release stated. The man allegedly assaulted the officer and attempted to flee. The officer commanded the man to stop and threatened to release his police dog, after which the man attempted to prevent the officer from releasing the dog, the release stated.

The man then attempted to get into the police vehicle’s driver’s side while assaulting the officer, the release states. The officer released his dog, and the man allegedly struck the dog in the head multiple times.

Responding officers removed the subject from the police vehicle, during which time he assaulted a second officer.

The man was treated by Suffolk Fire & Rescue for injuries sustained from the dog before being transported to a hospital.

Dawson now is being held without bond at Western Tidewater Regional Jail.