Police dog helps capture suspect

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Gazette staff
Saturday, January 23, 2010
— Janesville police dog Karo helped capture a man Wednesday night by biting him on the abdomen, hip and right leg, police said.

Officers received a tip that Curtis W.B. Schemehorn, 22, no fixed address, who was wanted for probation violation, was at a house in the 300 block of South Jackson Street, Sgt. Aaron Ellis said.

When police arrived, Schemehorn jumped from a window and ran. The dog and his handler, officer Glen Hageman, tracked him to a back yard where he was found hiding between a wood pallet and a fence separating 314 and 308 S. Jackson St.

Schemehorn initially showed the officer his hands as instructed, but then dropped his hands to his waist.

The pallet concealed Schemehornís hands from the officer, who feared Schemehorn might have been armed and about to launch an assault.

Hageman released Karo with an order to bite, according to a police department news release.

After being bitten, Schemehorn verbally surrendered, and Hageman immediately called off the dog, according to the press release.

Schemehorn was treated and released at Mercy Hospital.

He was arrested on charges of probation violation and resisting an officer and was being held at the Rock County Jail.

Schemehorn is the first person bitten by a Janesville police dog since the inception of the K-9 program in 2007, according to the news release.

Last updated: 12:35 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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