Photo: Robert Lomack
FREMONT — A burglary suspect found himself in hapless situations several times on Monday. Police caught the suspect inside someone’s home, surrounded him outside, with a K-9 soon joining him inside the home.
Police responded quickly to a call from a landscape gardener who witnessed a burglary in progress on May 21. The 1:42 p.m. call brought responding officers to the scene 2 minutes later.
The suspect attracted the attention of the gardener outside a residence nearby, who immediately phoned the police. The burglar announced his presence with loud banging, peering inside windows and then breaking a window to gain entry.
After police arrived
When the police cars started arriving, the suspect was still inside the home located on the 4400 block of Faulkner Drive. The first officers to arrive took positions outside to prevent the suspect from escaping.
The suspect tried four times to dodge his fate with officers and he was bitten by a police dog. Officers waiting to arrest him stationed themselves outside the front and back doors. The suspect attempted to flee four times and abruptly changed his mind four times when he saw the officers.
Here comes the K-9
On his fourth attempt, the suspect left the back door ajar, and officers released a K-9 officer to apprehend him. Police said the suspect “dragged the dog inside” the home with him before slamming the door closed again—another bad decision because as a result the dog bit him.
At 2:10 p.m. the suspect finally gave himself up to police. Robert C. Lomack, a 23-year-old resident of San Leandro, was arrested for first degree residential burglary. Police took Lomack to a local hospital for medical treatment of his dog bite, and later transported to jail.
Lomack also faces additional charges for a no-bail residential burglary warrant dating back to 2016. He’s scheduled to be arraigned at the East County Hall of Justice on May 23.