41-year-old man accused of stabbing Worcester police K-9 Beebs with screwdriver facing animal cruelty, assault charges
The Worcester man accused of stabbing a police dog several times with a screwdriver Saturday will be sent to Bridgewater State Hospital for a mental health evaluation.
Court records also show that after his arrest, police filed paperwork to have the suspect hospitalized because of possible mental illness.
Joseph Perez, 41, of Worcester, is facing 11 charges in connection with the incident where police say he stabbed Worcester police K-9 Beebs multiple times in the head with the screwdriver.
Perez was arraigned in Worcester District Court on charges of threatening to commit a crime, three counts of armed assault to murder, assault with dangerous weapon, assault and battery on ambulance personnel, animal cruelty, disorderly conduct, trespassing, disturbing the peace, and resisting arrest.
On Saturday around 9:40 a.m., police were called to 60 Foster Street for a report of a disorderly person.
Police were told that Perez was possibly armed with some type of weapon and had threatened to stab people.
Police said he also threatened to stab bus drivers and light them on fire.
When police arrived, Perez left, but then he returned.
Police said Perez started yelling and said that anyone who came into the bushes was going to get stabbed.
K-9 Officer Dan Pennellatore was called to the scene with his K-9 partner, Beebs. Police said they saw a metal object in Perez’s hand. Beebs was deployed.
Police said that Perez had a visible screwdriver in his hand and threatened to stab the dog. Perez them proceeded to stab Beebs in the head continuously with the screwdriver.
Police rushed to help the dog, and one officer was struck in the face. He then tapered Perez. Perez was taken into custody and while in the ambulance, he struck a paramedic int he arm.
Beebs suffered a cut to his mouth and several wounds to the head with swelling. He was rushed to a local animal hospital and has since been released.
Perez was hospitalized due to a possible mental illness.