The Grants Pass Police are reporting the arrest of a man they say broke into a business and a home, and also violated a restraining order. 23-year old Dakota Lee Geer also faces charges of assaulting a police dog while allegedly resisting arrest early this morning.
An alert neighbor heard someone making noise at 2:18 a.m. at Auto Smith of Oregon and notified police. When police arrived, the suspect was gone, but ladders were found stacked against a fence an wires were cut to gain access.
The business owner arrived and reported that $100 worth of items had been stolen. A vehicle that matched the description of Geer’s vehicle was found parked near SE L and SE 9th Streets. Police were familiar with Geer after having spoken with him earlier in the evening.
Authorities later learned Geer was the subject of a restraining order prohibiting him from being near a SE 9th Street residence and the woman living there. In the parked vehicle was evidence police say linked Geer to the burglary at Auto Smith of Oregon.
Geer was seen in a yard at SE L Street, and he fled on foot. A “K-9” officer found the suspect hiding under a car at the “L” Street residence. He would not surrender and received bite wounds from the police dog. Geer assaulted the dog by punching him in the head and neck. Though Geer continued to attempt resisting arrest, he was treated for minor injuries at Three Rivers Medical Center and taken to Josephine County Jail.