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The Shawnee News-Star
  • A bite out of crime: K-9 helps nab burglary suspect

  • Police converged on a Shawnee car repair business overnight after an employee watching the shop caught a burglary suspect in the act. And while that suspect tried to resist arrest by police, a bite from a Shawnee police dog aided in apprehension of that suspect.
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  • Police converged on a Shawnee car repair business overnight after an employee watching the shop caught a burglary suspect in the act. And while that suspect tried to resist arrest by police, a bite from a Shawnee police dog aided in apprehension of that suspect.
    Dustin Coggins, 22, was arrested on complaints of second-degree burglary and resisting arrest. Formal charges have not been filed.
    Shawnee police responded about 1:04 a.m. Wednesday to C&W Muffler, 604 W. Kickapoo Spur, after an employee, John Tooman, called police from inside the business to report a suspect was breaking into cars outside.
    Shawnee Police Officer Richard Ruiz, in his report, noted police arrived as the suspect, later identified as Coggins, was seen by Cpl. Casey Vague running southbound in a fenced in bullpen area, with police yelling for him to stop.
    Officer Kevin Nichols, along with Cpl. Steve Hudgins and his K-9 partner, arrived in the bullpen area, where Hudgins and his police dog located Coggins hiding under a vehicle.
    "Cpl. Hudgins then ordered the subject to get out from the under the vehicle, advising that he would release his dog if he did not comply," the report shows.
    Once the suspect was out from under the vehicle, Officer Nichols tried to get Coggins' hands behind his back to cuff him, but the report shows Coggins allegedly refused and kept hiding his hands under his body.
    Cpl. Hudgins, whose narrative shows he warned the suspect that he would release his dog and that his dog bites, did release his K-9 partner to apprehend the suspect when he kept resisting, the report shows.
    "Once the dog was released, the subject then attempted to crawl back under the vehicle," the report shows, resulting in the dog biting Coggins on the left side of his face, according to the report.
    Coggins was bleeding from a laceration to his left ear and Hudgins called off the dog, as the suspect "finally complied and placed his arms behind his back and was handcuffed," Hudgins' narrative reads.
    REACT EMS responded to the scene to provide aid to the suspect before he was taken to St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital for treatment of a wound to his ear, which required stitches, narratives read.
    After he was medically released, Coggins was transported to the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center.
    With previous burglaries at the same business the night before, this case was forwarded on to detectives for further investigation.
    C&W Muffler, as a repair business with cars on site, was one of many area businesses having vehicle burglary problems in recent months, although police made two arrests in connection with those cases back in September.
    Page 2 of 2 - Owner Wes Tooman, who said more recent events have included the theft of a vehicle, said he's had someone stationed inside the business overnight to keep an eye on things, and that effort paid off when his son was there Wednesday morning, he said.
    He said he's glad to see the suspect in custody and thanked police for their efforts in making that arrest.
    "I guess he thought he was invisible…he found out the dog bites," Wes Tooman said about the suspect and the incidents that unfolded there overnight.
    Tooman said he is installing a security camera system at the business but he plans to continue having someone on guard overnight.
    "We're gonna keep doing what we're doing," he said. "It proved to work cause the guy is in jail now."
    Coggins appeared before a Pottawatomie County judge Wednesday, where a $50,000 bond was set. He remained jailed Wednesday night.
    Completed case reports will be turned over to the district attorney's office for consideration of formal charges.
    At the time of his arrest, reports indicate Coggins also had an outstanding felony warrant on drug-related charges.
    Watch for updates.
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