Video Captures Sheriff’s K9 Locking Jaws on Burglary Suspect
POLK COUNTY, Fla. – Polk County Sheriff’s Office K9 Recon locked his jaws on a burglary suspect inside Hungry Howie’s restaurant over the weekend. And it was caught on security video for all to see, reported WTSP.
A witness said he saw a man punching and kicking the pizza shop’s door until the glass broke early Sunday morning. The witness called 911 and minutes later deputies arrived, including Recon.
As is standard procedure before deploying a police service dog in such situations, deputies provided an admonition to the suspect. They told the man, later identified as Joseph Pellegrini, to get out of the pizza shop, or they’d send the K9 in. Unfortunately for the man, he remained inside the business.
The handler released Recon to make the apprehension. That’s when surveillance video showed the K9 running in and latching onto Pellegrini’s leg.
According to detectives, Pellegrini tried to strangle the K9. In the video, you see a deputy kick Pellegrini to make him stop.
“We don’t kick people easy,” Sheriff Grady Judd said. “If people need kicking, you kick them as hard as is necessary. He should’ve thought about all that before he broke in and before he started attacking our K9.”
WTSP News Broadcast of K9 Recon Locking Jaws on Suspect
They arrested the man and booked him for burglary, criminal mischief and injuring a police dog. He was also charged with attempted burglary, because a witness told detectives he tried to break into the Chinese restaurant next to the Hungry Howie’s.
“We don’t serve pizza at the jail, but we’re going to serve him a cold sandwich three times a week,” Judd said.
(Image screenshot WTSP news broadcast)