K-9 helps police nab Pasadena burglary suspect

PASADENA — Police, aided by a K-9, found and arrested a burglary suspect hiding in a residential garage Saturday afternoon, officials said.
Vincent Acero Diaz, a 42-year-old transient known to frequent the Pasadena area, was arrested on suspicion of residential burglary following the incident, which kicked off about 5 p.m. Saturday in the 600 block of Busch Garden Drive, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
Police were first summoned to the neighborhood by a witness who reported seeing a window open at a neighbor’s house, which he knew to be unoccupied, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said. The window closed when the witness approached, leading him to believe an intruder was still inside.
Officers arrived and set up a search perimeter, Clawson said. A short time later, a neighbor told police that she believed someone was hiding in her garage.
After ordering anyone inside to come out with no response, police sent in a K-9, which quickly found Diaz hiding underneath a car, the lieutenant said. “The suspect was armed with a large saw.”
The dog bit Diaz in the arm, causing him to drop the saw, Clawson said. Officers then took him into custody.
After being treated for dog bite injuries, Diaz was booked on suspicion of burglary, officials said.
According to county booking records, he was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.

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