Man tries to faze police horse with yell, kick

Man issues 'karate-like battle cry' before kicking police horse in Old Town

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A police horse was unharmed after being kicked in his right thigh on Monday by a man who had a warrant out for his arrest.

Joseph Cruz (left) was unable to faze a police horse, Olin (right), when he kicked him in Old Town, July 9, 2014. (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office/Portland Police Bureau)
Joseph Cruz (left) was unable to faze a police horse, Olin (right), when he kicked him in Old Town, July 9, 2014. (Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office/Portland Police Bureau)

Police said a Mounted Patrol Unit was patrolling Portland’s Old Town area near NW 6th Avenue and NW Hoyt Street when the officers stopped to speak with a group of individuals around 11:20 a.m.

While speaking with the group, Joseph Cruz, 29, ran up from behind Olin, the police horse, issued a “karate-like battle cry” and delivered a double jump kick to Olin’s right thigh.

Authorities said Cruz was unable to faze Olin, who outweighed the man by approximately 1,000 pounds. Cruz landed back on the ground uninjured.

Olin and his partner were then able to take Cruz, who had an arrest warrant, into custody.

Cruz was also charged with interfering with a law enforcement animal.

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