K-9 helps apprehend wanted man
|Date:||August 24, 2011|
On Wednesday, Aug. 24, at about 6:20 p.m., a Middletown Police Officer observed Johnas Ortiz, 35, of New Street, Middletown, riding a bike through the area of North Village Apartments. Ortiz was actively wanted on a Middletown Police warrant and an outstanding court capias.
Upon seeing the Officer, Ortiz fled into the development of Millbranch. About 20 minutes later, Ortiz was observed hiding in a backyard off Rothwell Drive by a Middletown PD Seasonal Officer. As additional Middletown units responded, Ortiz attempted to flee by hopping fences and running through backyards. During this foot chase, Ortiz damaged several fences as he climbed over them. Ortiz was cornered in a backyard off Rothwell Drive by a Middletown Police Patrol and a K-9 Unit. Ortiz refused to comply with the Officers' commands to stop and he continued to attempt to flee. As he began running toward Gibbs Drive, the police canine was released and engaged Ortiz by the leg. He was taken into custody and refused medical attention. Ortiz was charged with resisting arrest, two counts of criminal mischief, three counts of trespassing second degree, disregarding a police officer's signal, numerous traffic charges and a court capias. He was arraigned and committed on $3,500 secured bond.