Canine unit locates home invasion suspect hiding in dog house

Posted at 6:24 PM, Dec 19, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-19 18:24:33-05

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — A home invasion arrest was made Friday after a canine unit tracked a man into a backyard dog house where he was hiding from police.

At 9:45 a.m. Friday, the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety received a 9-1-1 call about a home invasion in progress in the 700 block of Minor Street.The victim was next door at his neighbor’s house when he observed a subject standing on his porch.

The victim said he confronted the suspect, who then fled on foot.

Public Safety officers, including a canine unit, responded to the scene and established a perimeter. Officer Steve Heyduck and his dog Ike initiated a track at the point that the witnesses last saw the suspect in the 700 block of Minor.

The canine unit located the suspect in the backyard of a residence in the 1000 block of Oak Street. The suspect was attempting to hide from officers inside a dog house. However, the dog alerted officers to the suspect’s hiding location.

The suspect — a 29-year-old Kalamazoo man — was arrested on two felony charges of home invasion and possession of burglary tools. He is being held at the Kalamazoo County Jail pending arraignment in court on those charges.

Anyone with information about this burglary or any other crime is being asked to contact Kalamazoo Public Safety at (269) 337-8994 or Silent Observer at (269) 343-2100.