Richmond burglary suspect gives up after police dog’s warnings

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Photo from Richmond Police Department.

A Richmond police dog may have been all bark and no bite, but that’s only because a 22-year-old burglary suspect on Friday made the wise decision of not attempting to flee from the pooch, police said.

The incident unfolded about 5:35 p.m. in the 400 block of 35th Street, where police went to a home in order to arrest Gregory Johnson of Richmond on a burglary warrant.

When officers knocked on the door, Johnson fled. A K-9 team was dispatched to search for him, police said, and police dog Ronin caught Johnson’s scent, leading officers to the crawl space of a nearby house.

“K-9 Officer Palma gave out several verbal warnings and asked the suspect to give up,” police said. “Well, after hearing Ronin’s bark and the warnings, the suspect made a good decision and crawled out from under the house and gave up.”

RPD said it is happy to report no one was injured.