Rape suspect sniffed out, captured by Yakima County K9 in Wapato

Yakima, Wapato
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WAPATO, Wash. — Authorities located and arrested a man who was wanted for alleged sex crimes in Yakima County thanks to the powerful nose and quick reaction of a veteran K9 name Zuza.

According to the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office, members of the Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force tried locating the suspect in the 2000-block of Evans Rd in Wapato on Friday, August 12. The male suspect in question was wanted for first-degree rape and unlawful imprisonment. He allegedly threatened his victim with a firearm, YCSO officials said.

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The suspect failed to comply for several hours, leading YCSO officials to deploy Zuza to the scene to help. She sniffed through the area and eventually found a door to the suspect’s room. From there, authorities advised the suspect to turn himself in, to which he refused to comply.

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Eventually, the task force opted to breach the door and Zuza ran into the room to capture and apprehend the suspect. He was promptly taken into custody and booked into the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office. While searching his room, authorities located a firearm which was taken into custody as evidence linked to the initial crime.

According to officials from the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office, this instance marked the 133rd capture made between K9 Zuza and her handler, Deputy Ward. Their bond and consistent effort have directly resulted in the arrests of many violent suspects across Yakima County.

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