Photo: Murdered Mini Schnauzer, Kokanee.
The 26-year-old of San Clemente was hospitalized after being captured at the tennis club where he worked as a maintenance man, sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino said.
Deputies got the first call about the man at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday when there were reports of a loud radio at his apartment. Amormino said deputies believe he jumped from a third-story window to get away and was unhurt.
Photo: Bayron Reyes Lopez's mug shot from the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
Just after 6 a.m. Judy Donnelley called to say a "strange" man had approached her and when her 5-year-old mini schnauzer named Kokanee intervened, the man killed the dog, hitting, choking and "repeatedly beating her on asphalt in front of me."
"She saved my life," Donnelley told CBS affiliate KCAL. "I don't know how to thank her." She put flowers on the street where her dog died.
Minutes later, other callers reported a naked man running through the Rancho San Clemente Tennis Club and pouring hot coffee on his head.
That's where deputies caught up with him, Amormino said.