May 4, 2016
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Three police dogs helped capture a trio of suspects in connection with an armed robbery that occurred in the area of S. 2nd Street and Nevin Avenue on Monday, police said.

The incident unfolded about 9:50 p.m., when officers called to the area learned a person had just been robbed, Richmond police Lt. Felix Tan said.

A dispatcher broadcast the description of the getaway car and informed officers where it was headed. Police soon located the vehicle, which initially fled but then stopped, Tan said. Two of three occupants exited the car and fled on foot while allegedly discarding a couple of pistols. The third suspect was swiftly detained by the officers.

Police then set up a perimeter on the residential block and used three police K-9 units for the search, including Officer Palma with police dog Ronin; Officer Vallerga with police dog Ruger and Officer Brown with police dog Odin.

Ruger sniffed out some of the suspects’ clothing items, while Odin sniffed out a pistol with an extended magazine, Tan said.

Odin located two of the suspects. His nose led the search team to the roof of a building, where the dog climbed a ladder and found one of them. Tan said. All three were booked for robbery and firearm charges. Their identities weren’t immediately available.

“We’re happy to report that no victims or officers were injured during this volatile situation,” Tan said. “We are extremely proud of our officers, dispatchers and canines for their tenacity and teamwork that led to the capture of three dangerous suspects.”

If you see suspicious persons, cars or anyone in possession of a firearm illegally, according to RPD, please report it and if you choose, you may remain anonymous. Call 911 if it is an emergency or (510)233-1214 for non-emergency situations.

The photo above is one of the firearms seized during the bust, courtesy of the Richmond Police Department


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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.