Gambling suspect’s odds of escape diminished by adorable Richmond police dog

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One of two gun-carrying suspects who fled a suspected illegal gambling game on the Richmond Greenway Saturday refused to come out of hiding until a police dog named Odin got involved, police said Monday.

That’s Odin pictured above. The pooch has received credit by the department for the arrests of both suspects, who each discarded loaded guns as they fled officers about 6:30 p.m. on the Greenway trail at 15th St., Sgt. Felix Tan said.

richmondgreenway.6-1The incident began when officers responded to calls of an illegal gambling game being played along the pedestrian path, which is the site of a recent shooting. As the officers approached the scene, a resident called out to warn the suspects, who then fled, Tan said in a statement. One of the suspects tossed a loaded gun while being chased but was eventually caught.

The second suspect also discarded a loaded gun and attempted to hide in a residential neighborhood, but was caught following a search by a police K-9 unit.

“That suspect finally decided to give up after hearing and seeing K-9 Odin quickly headed his way,” Tan said.

The suspects’ identities were not immediately released. The department was happy to report no injuries as a result of the incident.

“We are also glad that the suspect decided to finally comply with lawful orders, instead of meeting K-9 Odin,” Tan added.

Photos in this story provided by Richmond Police Department