A Houston police officer got a robbery suspect to surrender by barking and pretending to be a K-9.
According to KHOU, the officer and his partner were responding to a call about a break-in at a home.
Roland Azcuy, the man who called the police, is a mechanic by trade and his actions earned him a lot of praise from the police officers.
“This is a perfect example of a concealed handgun owner doing the right thing where nobody gets hurt,” said Officer Orus Baldwin of the Houston Police Department.
While he was working at his auto repair shop, Azcuy saw a man breaking into a house across the street. Azcuy pulled his pistol, dialed 911, and kept watch until the police arrived.
According to Azcuy, he was ready to go in and stop the suspect by himself.
“They told me just to stay back. So, I did that. HPD showed up, and they caught the suspect.”
The suspect didn’t put up a fight partly because he thought the police had a trained dog with them.
“One of the officers told the suspect he had a K9 with him,” Azcuy said. “So, one of the officers started barking like a dog and the guy hit the ground. He laid down. They handcuffed him and brought him out.”
“It wasn’t me,” Officer Baldwin said. “My partner can pretty well sound like a pretty bad dog. But, anyway, it fooled the suspect.”
The police officers were very impressed with Azcuy’s actions.
“There’s a lot of publicity about people who are armed and things go wrong,” Officer Baldwin said. “This guy secured the scene until we got here. He had no interest in hurting the burglar or bringing harm to him. He did exactly what he needed to do.”
Azcuy said he is willing to do it again if needed.
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