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K9 Officer helps nab Ruston robbery suspects

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RUSTON, La. (KNOE 8 News & Ruston Police) - Two robbery suspects are in custody after leading several Ruston Police Officers and a K9 Officer on a chase through town.

At approximately 11:21 PM on July 26, 2014, a passing citizen contacted the Ruston Police Department to report a disturbance in the parking lot of the Citgo Station, 504 South Vienna Street, in Ruston. The caller reported that two males appeared to be striking a male on the ground and attempting to forcibly enter the store.

Within approximately one minute of the call being dispatched, a patrol supervisor, Lt. Tony Blake, arrived at the location. He quickly realized that this incident was an armed robbery in progress. Blake observed the suspects flee the area, one of which was armed with a rifle.

Lt. Blake coordinated the pursuit and subsequent search for the suspects. Lt. Blake’s patrol shift, including Ofc. Brandon Milner and his K9 partner, Conner,along with three off-duty officers joined in the search for the armed suspects. Officers pursued the suspects as then ran into and out of wooded areas, business, and residential areas. The suspects finally emerged in the area around East Line Avenue and South Vienna Street.

After ignoring repeated commands to stop, Ofc. Milner deployed his K9 partner,Conner, in an attempt to apprehend one of the suspects. Conner was able to successfully detain and hold one of the suspects, identified as Timothy Gray until patrol officers could take him into custody. At the same time, other officers were able to locate and take into custody the second suspect, Jamarcus Elmore. Both suspects were transported to the Ruston Police Department so that detectives could continue the follow-up investigation. They were both subsequently booked into the Lincoln Parish Detention Center on two counts each of Armed Robbery.

 

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