Janesville police reported using their drone to find a man hiding in the dark Sunday night.
Police used the drone’s night-vision capability to find the man. A video recorded with the drone’s infrared camera shows a person hiding, apparently in the underbrush along the Ice Age Trail near Delavan Drive and north of Beloit Avenue.
Officers can be seen in the video as the drone operator guided them to where the man was hiding. The man apparently tried to get away and went down an embankment into Spring Brook before police took him into custody.
Officers responded to the 1000 block of Bouchard Avenue at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday for a complaint of a man possibly using a knife to damage about 13 tires, causing about $1,400 in damage, according to a police news release.
Tires were damaged on four cars belonging to two different people, according to a criminal complaint filed in Rock County Court.
A neighbor then spotted someone matching the man’s description and confronted him, and he fled on foot, police said.
Police set up a perimeter, but officers could not find the man in the darkness and thick vegetation along the creek, according to the release.
An officer launched the drone and guided his colleagues to where the man was hiding, police said.
The suspect, Jerry Van Cannon, 53, of 203 W. Sunny Lane, Janesville, was arrested and held at the Rock County Jail.
Van Cannon was charged Monday in Rock County court with two counts of criminal damage, disorderly conduct and bail jumping. He was released on a signature bond pending further court proceedings.