Baton Rouge Police: Man steals iPhone, then punches police dog, kicks officer before being arrested _lowres

Derrick Hills, 23

A Baton Rouge man who punched a police dog and kicked a police officer after allegedly stealing a man’s iPhone at gunpoint rang in his birthday at Parish Prison where he’s being held on a slew of counts.

Derrick T. Hills Jr., 12268 Sherbrook Drive, who turns 24 years old Monday, stole a cellphone at gunpoint outside a bar in the 5100 block of Jefferson Avenue early Saturday morning, a Baton Rouge Police report says.

When a Baton Rouge police officer arrived outside the bar around 2 a.m., he spotted Hills, who was wearing long pants and a black hooded sweatshirt despite unseasonably warm 75-degree weather, according to the report.

As the officer approached Hills, he took off running, flashing a black semiautomatic handgun as he sprinted behind a recreational vehicle and hid behind a pickup truck, the report says.

The officer waited for backup to arrive, then demanded that Hills come out with his hands up, the report says. After Hills refused, the officer sent Tag, a police dog, to find Hills. Tag found him hiding underneath a tarp in a backyard of house off Jefferson Avenue, police said.

Hills attempted to fight off the dog, grabbing and punching Tag in the head and mouth. When a second officer arrived and tried to subdue Hills, the suspect punched and kicked the officer until Hills was eventually subdued and handcuffed, the report says.

Officers located the handgun — a stolen Springfield XD 9mm — lying in the yard of the Greenwell Springs Library, just on the other side of a fence from where Hills was hiding, the report says.

Questioned by police, Hills denied stealing the iPhone and claimed he ran from officers because he had outstanding warrants, the report says.

Hills, who is on probation for a simple robbery conviction, was also wanted by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office for purse snatching, the report says. He was booked into Parish Prison on counts of armed robbery, battery of a police officer, injuring a police dog, aggravated assault, illegally carrying a weapon, possession of a stolen firearm, felon in possession of a firearm and two counts of resisting an officer.

Bail for Hills had not been set by Sunday evening.