Police dog bites burglary, forgery suspect during arrest

August 20, 2013 

— A California man is facing multiple felony charges after Boise police officers said they had to use a K-9 police dog to subdue him.

Officers were originally dispatched to a South Federal Way home Monday night to investigate a report of injury to a child. When they arrived at the residence however, they found Oscar Alcaraz, 26, who was wanted in connection with a string of car burglaries, thefts, and forgeries.

Police had identified Alcaraz as a suspect in multiple July burglaries, in which a thief stole checks from several cars, then used them for cash or other purchases.

Witnesses warned the officers that Alcaraz was armed with knives and a gun. Police found the suspect lying down in the backyard, holding two knives underneath him. Officers said he refused commands to show his hands and surrender to the police.

A K9 police dog was used in an attempt to detain the suspect. The dog bit Alcaraz, and police took him into custody. During a search, officers found a gram of meth, a glass pipe, and a hole punch tool commonly used to quietly break windows in Alcaraz’ possession, police said.

He was taken to the hospital to treat the bite wound, then booked into the Ada County Jail. He is charged with three felony counts of grand theft, three felony counts of forgery, felony possession of a controlled substance, possession of paraphernalia, resisting and obstructing officers, and possession of burglary tools.

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