Police canine helps take down suspect at Tahoe casino
April 3, 2009
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE “-South Lake Tahoe police arrested a 25-year-old parolee-at-large and burglary suspect following a foot pursuit through Harveys Resort Casino on Wednesday.
At about 3 p.m., officers from the South Lake Tahoe-El Dorado County Narcotics Enforcement Team spotted the man on the California side of Stateline Avenue near Highway 50, said SLEDNET Task Force Commander Jeff Catchings.
Knowing the man was wanted and had a history of running from police, the officers called for back up before approaching the man, Catchings said.
“We’ve dealt with him in the past, and every single time we’ve dealt with him he has run,” Catchings said.
Sure enough, as officers approached the man, he ran into Harveys, down the up escalator near Cabo Wabo, through the casino’s arcade and up the stairs toward the southeast entrance of the casino, Catchings said.
As he approached the doors, the man was met by South Lake Tahoe officers, including Officer Tony Broadfoot and the department’s canine, a Belgian malinois named Duke.
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When the man did not comply with officers’ orders, Broadfoot released Duke, who knocked the man to the ground and bit him on the shoulder, said Officer Andy Eissinger, who was also on scene.
Although he continued to struggle with officers while being bitten by Duke, police were able to apprehend the man, Catchings said.
The man suffered scrapes on his shoulder from the police dog and was taken to Stateline Medical Center for treatment, Eissinger said.
The man was initially booked into Douglas County’s Stateline jail facility, but was extradited to El Dorado County Jail in South Lake Tahoe on Thursday morning, Catchings said.
The man is suspected in several area burglaries and officers found a small amount of methamphetamine on him at the time of his arrest, Catchings added.
It is not known what the man was on parole for.