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Pinellas deputies: Sex offender punched police dog tracking him down

ST. PETERSBURG — A registered sex offender is accused of forcing his way into a woman’s home and robbing her, then later assaulting a police dog that tracked him down, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

Ralph Baynard Hudson, 51, of St. Petersburg, faces charges of felony burglary with battery and battery on a police animal.

According to the arrest report, Hudson knocked on a woman’s home Monday at about 11:51 p.m. and asked her for $60.

She told him to leave, the report said, then he forced his way inside, grabbed her the neck, shoved her to the floor and stole a jewelry box. Hudson may have been under the influence of drugs at the time, the report said.

Later that night, deputies tracked Hudson to some nearby woods with help from a sheriff’s dog named Ronin. When the dog caught Hudson, the report said, he "grabbed K-9 Ronin by the head and ears and started to pull and strike K-9 Ronin in the head."

A deputy pulled the dog away from Hudson, who was arrested.

He later admitted to the allegations, according to the arrest report.

State records show he was designated a sex offender in 1988 by a Pinellas County judge. Hudson was being held Friday in the Pinellas County jail in lieu of $15,000 bail.

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