By January 29, 2018

K9 Dog Catches Assault Suspect in Anthem

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The crime scene last night photographed by a resident of Bela Rosa apartments in Anthem. Photo used with permission.

By Robert Roy Britt — Police arrested a minor last night near the Bela Rosa apartment complex in Anthem after the 17-year-old threatened a man with a “simulated handgun” and assaulted a sheriff’s deputy. A Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department K9 dog made the apprehension.

“About 9 p.m., a 17-year-old male threatened an adult male with a simulated handgun,” said Phoenix Police Sergeant Jonathan Howard. “He then assaulted an MCSO deputy who attempted to detain him before he fled the area on foot.”

Residents heard sirens and a chopper overhead during the chase.

The suspect “was located hiding near the apartments and apprehended by an MCSO canine,” Howard told North Phoenix News.

The suspect was booked into the Juvenile Correction Center for aggravated assault, aggravated assault on police, public urination and minor in possession of alcohol.

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Kato, a Belgian malinois K9 with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, is the April dog in the 2018 Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. Calendar, a fundraiser that helps provide bullet-proof vests and other equipment and services for law-enforcement K9s nationwide.

MCSO K9 Shadow

The MCSO K9 Shadow will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks also to Vested Interest in K9s, MCSO announced Jan. 26.

This article first published on North Phoenix News.

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