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Police dog nabs armed robbery suspect

Updated: 2013-08-03T03:43:42Z

By TONY RIZZO

The Kansas City Star

A Kansas City police dog subdued an armed carjacking suspect Thursday as the man tried to escape on foot after a car chase.

The suspect was pulling a handgun from his waistband as he ran when the dog, Brunia, hit his arm at a dead run, knocking the weapon to the ground, Kansas City police said.

The incident began just before 4 p.m. Thursday in the 10000 block of James A. Reed Road. A gunman approached a woman picking up her children at a day care and demanded the keys to her 2010 Toyota Camry, according to police.

The woman complied. The gunman also stole her cellphone before driving off in her car. Kansas City police officers soon saw the car and began pursuing it after the driver failed to pull over.

The Camry drove through traffic at high speed before it struck stop sticks police put down to puncture its tires at Front Street and Interstate 435. The driver lost control while trying to take the interstate exit at Winner Road. He jumped from the car, which hit and knocked over a metal highway sign, and began running across a grassy area as officers closed in.

The suspect stumbled and fell, then got up and began running before the dog’s handler released the animal. The dog took the suspect to the ground and vigorously shook him by his arm until the handler pulled the dog away.

After arresting the man, officers recovered a .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun in the grassy area.

On Friday, federal prosecutors charged 21-year-old Cortez J. Anderson with being a felon in possession of a firearm. According to court records, Anderson was on probation on a felony burglary case in Leavenworth County.

To reach Tony Rizzo, call 816-234-4435 or send email to trizzo@kcstar.com.

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