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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Julie L. Jones

Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

April 19, 2011
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Communications Director
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K–9 Units from Reception & Medical Center, Baker Correctional Institution Capture Fleeing Suspects, Recover Gun and Drugs

On Friday, April 15, three K-9 Units from Reception and Medical Center and another three from Baker Correctional Institution responded to a request for assistance by the Florida Highway Patrol in Lake City to find two suspects who had fled on foot following a high speed chase on Interstate 10.

After the lengthy chase, the suspects fled on foot in the Five Points area of SR 41. When the Department of Corrections’ K-9 Units arrived on scene, they were directed by FHP Lieutenant Mark Boatwright to Natasha Road, where the suspects were last seen. With the assistance of K-9 Patriot, the RMC K-9 team of Lieutenant Bret Dukes, Sergeant Bobby Adams, and Officer Orey Swilley tracked the subject from Natasha Road through a thick wooded area circling in various directions. After approximately 3/4 miles of tracking, they located one of the subjects near a railroad track that runs parallel with SR 41. The subject was taken into custody by law enforcement officers who were in the area on perimeter assignments.

Shortly after the apprehension of the first subject, the second subject was located by Baker CI’s K-9 Unit consisting of Correctional Officers Floyd Rhoden and Jerry Yates, and Sergeant Steve Stewart. While on the track of the second subject this Baker CI Unit also discovered several items of contraband including a .25 caliber pistol, 3.5 ounces of crack cocaine, and marijuana.

“Both K-9 Teams did an outstanding job in their usual professional manner. This successful capture not only removed two suspects from the streets, but weapons and drugs as well,” said RMC Warden Brian Riedl.

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