K-9 finds robbery suspect hiding in child's tree house

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The following is a press release from the Mesa Police Department:

Date: 10/30/2008 Time: 01:30 AM

MESA -- On the listed date and time a white male entered the Shell station located at Power and Brown. While inside the male displayed a handgun and demanded all the money and a few packs of cigarettes.

The male was wearing a grey hooded zip up sweat shirt and a black bandana around his face.

After taking the money and smokes he placed them in a black back pack and ran northbound on Power Road.

Officers responded to the area when Sgt. Browning found the male running through the church parking lot at 1400 N. Power Road. A perimeter was set up and the Air Unit and K-9 were called and assisted with a search.

While searching the area, the black back pack was located and later found to contain the money, smokes and a handgun which was determined to be a BB gun.

While searching the east side of 67th street between Princess and McLelland, the suspect was pushed from his hiding location by Ofc. Callendar and K-9 Jake.

The suspect ran west to 1508 N. 67 where he attempted to hide in a childs tree house. Jake again found the suspect at which time he attempted to run again. This time, Jake was able to bite the suspects right upper thigh causing puncture wounds and hold him for officers.

The suspect was arrested and booked into Juv. detention after he was treated at Banner Baywood.