Good boy! Sheriff’s department K9 saves child, tracks missing girl to shed in Tennessee



You’ve just got to love man’s best friend. Law enforcement officials in DeKalb County, Tennessee report that a sheriff’s K9 located and helped rescue a 6-year-old girl who had been abducted by her father on May 26.

The child was found by a Rutherford County sheriff’s K9, Fred and his handler Deputy Richard Tidwell.

Fox Carolina said deputies tracked the suspect, Nicholas Reeder and his daughter, Kinzleigh to a home in DeKalb County. Reeder has been charged with child abuse or neglect in the case. He is currently being held on $175,000 bond.

According to DeKalb County Sheriff Patrick Ray, Reeder was tracked to the area of the home, with the deputy and K9 called in where the pair was believed to be located behind a home.

Tidwell obtained an item belonging to Nicholas Reeder and the police bloodhound hit on it, following the scent along a footpath behind the home, finally tracking to an outbuilding.

Once the K9 sniffed the doorknob, he sat down, indicating this was where Reeder was likely to be with his daughter. Deputies made entry to the shed and located the young girl.

“We made entry into the building and discovered the suspect and child in the back of the shed behind blankets that were hanging from a makeshift clothesline,” Rutherford County Sheriff’s Sgt. James Holloway said.

Nicholas Reeder was taken into custody, and Kinzleigh was turned over to DeKalb County deputies.

“He licked her face, and she gave him a big hug,” Tidwell said of the interaction between the K9 and the young girl, according to a Facebook post from the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office.


Tidwell said that after the dog found the young girl, he gave him a special treat.

“I praised him and loved on him,” Tidwell said. “I pulled the chicken reward out of my pocket. He ate the chicken and wanted to meet other people as if to say, ‘Look what I’ve done.’”

Sheriff Ray was grateful for the assistance the agency received from various law enforcement partners.

He singled out the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office, Rutherford County Fire & Rescue, StormPoint Drones, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Smithville-DeKalb County Rescue Squad, DeKalb EMS, the FBI and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, who all participated in the search for young Kinzleigh.

Ray said the building where the pair was found was a small outbuilding with poor ventilation that “reeked of ammonia,” Ray said, according to WKRN. He noted that the building had been boarded with metal, and there was little food or water. He said they had been using a five-gallon bucket as a makeshift toilet.


The sheriff said Kinzleigh had been removed from her father’s custody on March 18 after they were found camped out under a bridge while a creek was rising in the area. He was arrested at that time on charges of child abuse and neglect, and the child was placed in temporary custody of a family member.

For some unknown reason, the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services (DCS) allowed Reeder to live in the same household as his daughter.

Despite the fact the child went missing in late May, it wasn’t until nearly a month later, June 21 when DCS found the time to file a missing child report when they were granted custody of Kinzleigh.

The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office said this was Fred’s first recovery since he joined the department in 2020.

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For police officers and sheriff’s deputies, they have always realized the value police K9’s provide to law enforcement agencies. Here is one of our prior reports on these amazing animals. 


ESCAMBIA COUNTY, FL- On Thursday, January 28th, while resisting arrest, a man fought with the Escambia County deputies and K9 Zeek after an attempted home burglary.

According to reports, the suspect, since identified as Eric Tyler Mathis, 25, has been charged with attempted carjacking, attempted burglary, three counts of battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest with violence, and battery on a police K9.

The incident happened in the afternoon around 1:30 p.m. in the 4900- block of State Street in Escambia County. Authorities said that a caller claimed Mathis was walking in and out of traffic and tried to grab his steering wheel. 

When officers arrived on scene, the caller, who was returning home after driving off from Mathis, told deputies that Mathis was now on the porch of his house trying to break into his home with his daughter inside.

The sheriff’s report states that deputies saw Mathis hiding behind a blue tarp on the caller’s property. Mathis told deputies that it was his home and yelled at them to leave the property.

After not complying to deputy orders, Mathis made an aggressive move towards the deputies. In response, the deputies took the suspect to the ground. The sheriff’s report stated that he continued to resist arrest and fight with the deputies.

Reportedly, in an attempt to get him to comply with the arrest, deputies delivered several strikes to his head and face, knocking him unconscious. Deputies said that Mathis quickly regained consciousness and began to pull away and continued to resist arrest.

A Taser was then deployed in an effort to get him to comply, but that also proved to be ineffective. Escambia County K9 Zeek was deployed and deputies were able to get Mathis fully secured in handcuffs.

As K9 Zeek worked to subdue him, Mathis grabbed the K9 around the neck, leading to the additional battery charge. Mathis was transported to a local hospital for treatment and then was booked at the Escambia County Jail. His bond has been set at $136,000. 

Escambia County Sheriff Chip Simmons said in a statement:

“We are glad the vehicle occupant was not harmed and we are glad the homeowner was not harmed. We are also glad neither the deputies or K9 Zeek were seriously injured.”

Simmons added:

“A person cannot legally enter another person’s occupied vehicle, cannot illegally enter another person’s occupied home, and cannot fight the efforts of law enforcement officers.”

He said:

“Let’s not forget about the victims of these crimes and how terrifying it must have been for them. We value the lives and safety of our residents. I would rather our deputies not have to use any force. I also wish criminals did not put our citizens and deputies in harm’s way.”

In another recent, but unrelated incident, the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office arrested four juvenile suspects involved in a shooting that left one dead and another injured. 

On January 22nd, officers responded to the 900-block of Massachusetts Ave. in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival to the scene, deputies found a truck that had crashed into a power pole.

Inside the truck was 61-year-old Samuel Thomley, deceased from an apparent gunshot wound. A second gunshot victim was located and was taken to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries. 

Based on a preliminary investigation, Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Major Crime Unit Investigators believe this incident was drug related. A drug rip off ending in homicide. Simmons said:

“Sadly, this is another example of the type of drug related violence we battle here in Escambia County. These four arrests were made thanks to the hard work and dedication of the ECSO Investigators, who have spent tireless hours on this case.”

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Florida man gets in standoff with police just three days after jail release

January 20th, 2021

ST JOHNS COUNTY, FL – A 54-year-old man who is alleged to have engaged in a 5-hour standoff with St. Augustine Police, via barricading himself in a suspicious RV with another unidentified adult on January 16th, was reportedly released from jail three days prior to the recent arrest. 

What’s most interesting about the prior arrest of the suspect is that it also allegedly involved making a bomb threat where an RV was reportedly involved in said crime. 

On the morning of January 16th, SAPD were notified about a suspicious RV that was seen entering a restricted area of the St. Augustine Wastewater Plant.

When police arrived on the scene, they’d reportedly found that two men, one identified as 54-year-old Joseph Vincent DiMaggio, had barricaded themselves inside of the 40-foot motor home. 

At some point after the arrival of police, the younger of the two men inside of the RV had surrendered to police without any reported incident, but DiMaggio allegedly remained in the RV for several hours. 

Additional law enforcement personnel from the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office arrived to assist the SAPD on scene, as well as a SWAT Team and a bomb squad were on site for precautionary purposes. 

At approximately 4:05 p.m. on January 16th, officials say that law enforcement on site were able to successfully extricate DiMaggio from the RV and place him under arrest, with no reported injuries being suffered by any officers or deputies. 

DiMaggio was subsequently booked into the St. Johns County Jail, where he’s reportedly facing charges of trespassing, battery, false imprisonment and resisting arrest without violence.

The other male subject said to have surrendered himself to police initially is reportedly not facing charges in the matter.

However, records show that a man bearing DiMaggio’s name, birthdate and address – as well as hosting a striking resemblance – was arrested on January 9th in Jacksonville due to an alleged bomb threat at a Westside gas station. 

During that January 9th incident, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office was alerted to a man inside of a RV that was without a license plate, which the JSO reportedly confirmed that there was an alleged bomb threat that purportedly bore a hate crime motivation. 

However, no other details on the exact nature of these alleged hate crime influences have been divulged. 

DiMaggio was placed into custody on January 9th under charges of threatening to throw, project, place or discharge a destructive device, possession of a firearm, weapon or ammunition by a convicted felon, use or possession with the intent to use drug paraphernalia and no motor vehicle registration.

Come January 13th, DiMaggio had reportedly bonded out of jail under said charges related to the 9th. Additional court records related to DiMaggio stretch back as far as 2006, which many offenses being related to traffic incidents  such as leaving the scene of an accident. 

There are also previous charges from DiMaggio’s criminal history that include battery-related offenses. 

With respect to DiMaggio’s latest charges from January 16th, he’s reportedly being held without bond. 

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