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Spokane Valley K-9 catches burglary suspect

A Spokane Valley K-9 sniffed out a wanted man hiding in an apartment Friday and dragged him to his arrest.

Deputies responded to a domestic violence call at an apartment complex in 5000-block of East Buckeye Avenue about 6 p.m., but when they arrived, they found a woman who told them the call was for an argument, not a crime, Spokane Valley police said in a news release.

Deputies identified the apartment as the location of 23-year-old Andreas Fields, who had a warrant out for his arrest for a burglary charge. Deputies asked permission to enter, which was granted by the woman.

Spokane Valley Deputy Clay Hilton and his partner K9 Bane entered the apartment and gave verbal warnings to Fields that he was under arrest, but Fields didn’t respond.

“K9 Bane began to search, room to room,” the press release stated.

The police dog, Bane, search room-to-room, police said. When he approached a closet door he showed a change in behavior.

Another deputy tried to open the door, but Fields was holding it shut, police said. Deputies were able to pry it open enough for Bane to slip through, after which “Fields immediately released his grasp on the door causing it to fly open,” and Bane pulled Fields from under a table, according to the news release.

Fields was taken into custody and booked in the Spokane County Jail.

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