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Alexandria man charged with assaulting federal K9 at Dulles Airport

An Alexandria man was arrested Feb. 24 at Dulles Washington International Airport for punching a Customs and Border Protection K9 in the face after the dog detected drugs on the man's girlfriend.

David Gerald, 30, was charged with a criminal complaint by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.

According to court documents, Gerald, who arrived on a flight from Amsterdam, the Netherlands, was restrained by nearby CBP officers after the incident and taken for a secondary inspection.

CBP officers, including the narcotics K9 team, conducted a routine operation in the CBP corridor inspecting passengers arriving from Amsterdam when the K9 alerted to Gerald’s girlfriend. Gerald is accused of intervening and attempting to pet the K9, then hitting the dog when the officer attempted to prevent Gerald from leaving the scene.

While inspecting Gerald’s luggage in a secondary inspection area, CBP officers found a pipe with marijuana residue.

“Mr. Gerald is accused of escalating what started as a routine narcotics enforcement operation into a more serious offense by physically assaulting a federal law enforcement officer,” Christopher Hess, CBP port director for the Port of Washington Dulles said in a statement. “Customs and Border Protection is pleased with the charges leveled against Mr. Gerald. We’re hopeful that the threat of federal charges deters others from attempting to injure law enforcement officers.”
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