CONCORD, N.H. (CBS) – A 28-year-old man is accused of attacking officers and strangling a family dog during a violent home invasion.
Irakoze Ildephones of Concord, N.H., whose conduct prosecutors called “dangerous and reckless,” was held on $15,000 cash bail following his arraignment Thursday afternoon at the Merrimack County Superior Court.
Ildephones is facing a slew of charges, including cruelty to animals, attempt to commit simple assault on a police officer, burglary, criminal threatening, simple assault, resisting arrest or detention, default or breach of bail conditions, indecent exposure and lewdness, reckless conduct, place another in danger, disorderly conduct, and two counts of criminal mischief (vandalism).
Around 3 p.m. Wednesday, Concord police officers responded to a Cherry Street apartment complex for a reported burglary in progress.
A resident reported to police that a man dressed only in a bathrobe was pounding on doors of the complex. The man then disrobed, scaled a wall, climbed onto a second story porch, and smashed through the glass storm door of an occupied apartment.
The two occupants of the apartment, who have no relation or acquaintance to Ildephones, ran outside and took refuge in a locked car.
“We just had to get out of there. He was so angry,” said victim Brenda Rines.
The next thing you know, my daughter looks over, and said, ‘Oh my God. He’s like coming up our balcony with no clothes on,'” Rines told WBZ-TV.
According to police, responding officers saw Ildephones vandalizing the apartment, throwing property off of the porch, and stomping on broken glass. The officers tried to negotiate with the man from outside of the apartment, but were not successful.
Ildephones began to throw shards of glass at the officers, forcing them to take cover.
One officer could hear the family’s dog barking very loudly and then go silent when Ildephones went into the apartment. Numerous back-up officers arrived and we able to secure the area, protect other residents, and then approach the suspect.
Officers gained access to the building and approached the apartment where Ildephones was located. Ildephones saw the approaching officers and became aggressive. One officer used a taser to subdue Ildephones, but Ildephones continued to actively struggle with officers.
It took several officers to secure Ildelphones into handcuffs. He was sent to a medical facility to be treated for minor injuries and then brought to jail.
Officers at the scene found that the family’s Golden Retriever had been seriously assaulted and strangled. The dog was brought to an emergency veterinarian for treatment and is expected to recover.
“My dog’s nose got cut, his eyes were all bloodshot,” Rines recalled.
At the time of the incident Ildephones was out on bail for an incident that took place on June 18.
On June 18, at approximately 1:30 a.m., two uniformed Concord Police officers were at Concord Hospital investigating a stabbing that occurred downtown. The stabbing victim had been transported to the hospital. Ildephones was at the hospital and being escorted by security for an unrelated and unknown reason and he was not part of the stabbing investigation.
He saw the officers, who were investigating the stabbing, and initiated an aggressive verbal rant. He then clenched his fists and charged the officers. The officers were able to deflect Ildephones’ attack. A struggle ensued and Ildephones was taken into custody.