Dano, K-9 cop
VENTURA COUNTY — With a name right out of the 1970s-era iconic TV cop show Hawaii Five-0, Thousand Oaks Police Department personnel undoubtedly enjoy working with their K-9 named “Dano” when it comes to arresting and booking suspects.
The canine’s tracking and suspect-detaining skills were proved once again on the morning of May 1st when, according to Ventura County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sgt. Alan Hartkop, Thousand Oaks Police Department patrol officers responded to a “robbery in progress” call in an area shopping center.
Upon arrival, officers learned that two male victims had been accosted by a 23-year-old later identified as Juan Guzman, a resident of Newbury Park, and that Guzman had successfully robbed one of the med of personal property and attempted to do the same to the second victim before fleeing the scene on foot.
With no ability to search the entire area for a likely suspect, the officers summoned help from “Dano” and his partner, Deputy Flores.
When Dano arrived at the scene of the robbery, he immediately picked up a scent and went to work. A short time later, the dog had tracked the suspect to a condominium townhome development nearby “where officers found him standing outside.”
Summoning the victims to their location, officers quickly identified Guzman as the one who had robbed them, whereupon he was taken into custody and transported to Ventura County Jail and was booked on charges of robbery and attempted robbery with his bail set at $120,000.
Photo: Courtesy Ventura County Sheriff