Kennewick police dog tracks hidden burglary suspect

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Image courtesy of the KPD, Facebook

KENNEWICK, Wash. — Officers were able to apprehend a suspect accused of burglary with some help from one of the Kennewick Police Department’s most trusted allies: K9 Ivan.

According to a Facebook post issued by the Kennewick Police Department, officers were dispatched to the 400 block of S Rainier St. at 3:33 p.m. on Monday, April 12. There were reports of a bald, white male suspect attempting to break into a home. He was allegedly unable to get inside, prompting the suspect to flee on foot to the area of S Olympia St and W 5th Ave.

Officers attempted to track the man down as he fled through apartment complexes in the area. They weren’t able to maintain a visual of the suspect, but were aided by citizens in the area, who pointed them toward a nearby apartment. Kennewick police contacted the apartment’s residents, who were not home at the time, and received consent to enter the apartment and clear the suspect out.

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Kennewick police deployed K-9 Ivan to assist with the residential burglary. Officers gave announcements from a PA system, warning the suspect to comply with their demands and exit the apartment safely. With no response or compliance from the suspect, Ivan and his handler entered the apartment.

The K9 was able to locate a 22-year-old suspect, who was identified as Jose F. Monzon, hiding under a pile of clothes in one of the apartment’s closets. Medics from the Kennewick Fire Department inspected Monzon on the scene before transporting him to a nearby hospital to assess unidentified injuries.

Monzon is being booked into the Benton County Jail on an investigative hold for one count of attempted residential burglary and another count of residential burglary.

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