Homeless man faces 15 charges after he fled from police with his dogs

 SCHENECTADY, N.Y. –  Schenectady Police have arrested a homeless man on several charges after he was on vacant city property and fled from police.

According to authorities, on Thursday morning shortly after 11 a.m., police investigated a complaint of a squatter at 208 Duane Ave. 

As officers made entry, Rashawn Melton, 36, allegedly fled the rear of the building with his two dogs. 

While fleeing from police, Melton allegedly entered a home on strong street which was occupied by six people, including four children. 

As officers continued to pursue Melton, both of his dogs allegedly turn on the police officer, biting him in the hand. 

Melton was taken into custody when he tried to leave the house.  He was charged with one count of assault in the second, one count of obstructing governmental administration, one count of resisting arrest, four counts of endangering the welfare of a child, one count of criminal trespass in the second, two counts of a dangerous dog, one count of trespass, two counts of loose dog, and two counts of unlicensed dog. He will be arraigned on Friday.

The two dogs, named “Sweets” and “Nellie”, were seized by the Animal Control Officer. 

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