Teen Kicks K-9 Dog, Sheriff’s Car

KIANTONE – A Jamestown teenager wouldn’t give up even after officers tracked him down following a failed burglary on Saturday at 2:30 a.m.

A Kiantone resident was awoken by his barking dogs and found Steven Schrecengost, 19, in the kitchen of his residence. Schrecengost allegedly refused to obey orders from the homeowner to leave until it was known police were on their way.

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Busti-Stillwater Road address and located foot tracks leading away from the residence. Sheriff’s K-9 unit responded to assist with tracking the suspect, and K-9 Drago and his handler tracked Schrecengost to a Norby Road residence, where he was discovered hiding in a shed that he forced entry into.

Schrecengost refused to comply with officers, and physically resisted arrest, police said. While officers were attempting to secure Schrecengost into custody, he allegedly kicked Drago repeatedly, stating his intent to injure the dog. Schrecengost was successful in kicking the dog in the nose, at which time Drago applied a bite which ended Schrecengost’s actions.

Once placed in a patrol vehicle, Schrecengost allegedly began kicking the car door, causing damage to the vehicle. He was further restrained and transported to WCA for evaluation before being turned over to the Jamestown Police Department on existing warrants they held for him.

Deputies filed charges in Kiantone Court for second-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, two counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief, second-degree criminal trespass, two counts of second-degree obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest.

Sheriff’s deputies were assisted in the incident by Lakewood-Busti Police, New York State Police, Carroll Police and the Kiantone Fire Department.