Ricardo Perez, 31, of Mundelein, suffered a leg injury and an arm injury after he jumped out of a window and was chased down and bitten by Lake County Sheriff’s Canine Dax in Beach Park Sunday morning. | Provided Photos

Lake County sheriff’s canine Dax tracked down and bit a parolee, who police say had a gun, after the man jumped out of a second-story window to flee deputies in Beach Park.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded around 1:45 a.m. Sunday to a motel in the 39000 block of North Sheridan Road in Beach Park for a report of a fight in progress.

Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli said sheriff’s deputies arrived and knocked on the second-floor motel room where the fight was occurring.

Ricardo Perez, 31, of Mundelein, jumped out a second-floor window to flee from the scene.

Covelli said Perez was armed with a pistol and fled on foot.

Numerous sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene and established a perimeter around the area.

Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy John Forlenza and Canine Dax arrived at the scene and began a track for Perez.

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Dax first located Perez’s firearm which had been discarded in a bush on the north side of the motel, Covelli said.

Dax continued his track and found Perez hiding behind a dumpster in a nearby parking lot.

Covelli said Perez refused to surrender and Dax took him into custody by biting his arm.

Perez was transported to an area hospital for the dog bite and also a leg injury he sustained when jumping from the window.

He was discharged from the hospital and transported to the Lake County Jail.

“Here is yet another example of the important role our canine deputies have in keeping our community safe. Nearly every day one of our ten canine teams is out tracking a missing endangered person or violent fleeing felon,” Lake County Sheriff John Idleburg said.

“Great job to Deputy Forlenza, Canine Dax, and the other members of the Patrol Division in locating this armed man who was trying to flee with an illegally possessed firearm,” Idleburg said.

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Perez was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, two counts of aggravated unlawful possession of a firearm and resisting arrest.

Lake County Judge James Newman ordered Perez held on a $300,000 bond during an initial court hearing Sunday.

The sheriff’s office said they would be contacting the Illinois Department of Corrections to request a parole violation warrant be issued.

Perez is currently on parole for aggravated discharge of a firearm in Lake County, which occurred in 2019.

Perez was released from a four-year prison sentence in January.

He remains held in the Lake County Jail and would need to post $30,000 cash in order to be released.