K-9 nabs robbery suspect during neighborhood search

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by Catherine Holland

Video report by Gibby Parra

Posted on October 23, 2012 at 7:26 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 23 at 7:40 AM

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PHOENIX -- Two people are in police custody after officers fanned out across a Phoenix neighborhood early Tuesday morning.

It started with a 911 call between 4:30 and 5 a.m. A couple said they were approached by a suspect at the Chevron at 32nd Street and Thomas Road.

According to the victims, the suspect asked for money and a ride to a nearby apartment complex. The victims agreed, but when they arrived at the complex, a second man allegedly pulled a gun and robbed the victims.

The victims were not injured and were able to call the police.

When officers arrived at the apartment complex, they spotted a man matching the victims' description. The man tried to run. Officers immediately launched a search on the ground and from the air. A K-9  eventually caught up with the suspect and bit him.

Officers took the man into custody. They also detained a second man.

"We know that the primary suspect was positively identified by the victims," said Lt. Steve Haynes of the Central City Precinct of the Phoenix Police Department. "The second subject, we're not quite sure what his involvement is."

Investigators have not released any information about either of the men now in custody.

Haynes said robbery detectives will take over the investigation.

Police say no matter how nice a person might seem, you should never allow somebody you do not know into your vehicle or home.

"That's tough. You want to do something nice for somebody. It's a kind act," Haynes said. "But at the same point in time, you are exposing yourself to some risk. You just need to be really cognizant of your environment, where you are, and ... try to stay safe."

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