Reluctant suspect surrenders after encouragement from K-9 dog

GRAYLAND, Wash. - A suspected thief picked the wrong deputy to run away from Thursday in Grayland - because the deputy just happened to have a K-9 police dog in the squad car with him.

The incident began at about 10:10 p.m. when the deputy spotted a man walking along Highway 105 pushing a handtruck, said Steve Shumate of the Grays Harbor Sheriff's Department.

The deputy was immediately suspicious because of a rash of recent burglaries in the area, but when the deputy tried to talk with the man, he dropped the handtruck and took off running into the nearby brush.

The deputy, along with his K-9 police dog "Max," got out of the patrol car and began tracking the man.

A short distance into the brush, the deputy located a large generator that was partially covered with brush. It appeared the generator was recently placed at this location and was most likely stolen, Shumate said.

A short distance away, Max found the man hiding under some brush. The man initially refused to come out of the brush when ordered to do so, but he changed his mind and surrendered when Max approached and made contact with him.

Medics responded to the scene and found minor abrasions to the suspect's leg from Max's contact.

The man was then booked into jail on several outstanding warrants, and for investigation of possessing stolen property and resisting arrest.

Deputies located a nearby home that the generator had been stolen from, and returned it to the owner.

Investigators also will be looking into the suspect's possible involvement with other area crimes, Shumate said.