Bellevue Police K-9 Officers and their four-legged partners were called into action twice within an hour this week, successfully locating the involved individuals in both cases.
On Sunday Morning shortly after 2 a.m., a homeowner in the Lake Hills neighborhood returned home to find a man attempting to break into their vehicle. The homeowner chased the suspect a short distance and then called 911. Bellevue Police responded, and created a perimeter around the area. Bellevue Police K-9 Officer Ben Bradley and his K-9 partner Ozzy responded to the call as well. Ozzy was able to locate the suspect a short distance away, hiding in the back yard of a nearby residence. The suspect, a 27-year-old Sammamish resident, was arrested for motor vehicle prowling second degree, malicious mischief third degree, trespass second degree, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Then, at 3 a.m., Bellevue Police received a report from a homeowner in West Bellevue reporting a man attempting to enter their garage. Officers responded, including Bellevue Police K-9 Officer Ryan Lange and his partner Ghost. A short time later, Ghost located a man matching the description provided by the homeowner. Police discovered that the man had actually been reported as a missing person by his mother earlier that evening after having suffered a mental health crisis. Officers placed the man inside a warm patrol car and had medics respond to evaluate him. The man was later returned to the care his family.
All three Bellevue Police K-9 dogs, Ozzy, Ghost, and Tyr, were purchased with funds provided by the Bellevue Police Foundation. To learn more about the Bellevue Police Foundation, please visit www.bellevuepolicefoundation.org.