K-9 Duo Catches Wanted Felon
Photo: the K-9 duo
December 2, 2020 – Ventura County, Ca.
Some people have all the luck…and 20-year-old Santa Paula resident Jesus Patino doesn’t appear to be one of them.
According to Santa Paula Police Department spokesman Interim Police Chief Ismael Cordero, on the afternoon of November 25th patrol officers spotted Patino on a city street. Realizing that he was the subject of a no-bail warrant “for previous felony firearm violation,” the officers attempted to make contact with him.
But Patino wasn’t interested in what the cops had to say, and promptly “fled the area on foot.”
At that point, the uniformed cops “engaged in a brief foot pursuit” for some distance through city streets. But 20-year-olds are often at the peak of their stamina, and Patino manage to elude his pursuers.
Retracing their footsteps, the cops discovered “a loaded .357 caliber revolver” in the street at the point where their pursuit began. At that point, the SPPD’s K-9 unit was called into service to help officers conduct their house-by-house search for Patino. Joining the local K-9 unit was the Ventura Police Department’s K-9 team.
Both dogs had coincidentally been “at a training event together” at the time they got the call, and were undoubtedly anxious to display their tracking skills.
With a search perimeter established in the Santa Paula residential area where Patino had escaped, the K-9s got busy doing what well-trained dogs can do: finding people. It didn’t take long for the dogs to locate Patino hiding in the crawl space beneath a nearby house, where upon he was “contacted” by the two dogs.
Patino was taken into custody and transported to Santa Paula Hospital for treatment pursuant to his apprehension. Once medically cleared, he was transported to Ventura County Jail, where he was booked on the outstanding felony warrant. He remains in custody on a no-bail hold.
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