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Murrieta Police Dog Helps Capture Redlands Robbery Suspect

A Murrieta police dog was called out Monday to track the scent of a Redlands home invasion robbery suspect, who was taken into custody just after noon Monday.

 A Murrieta police dog was instrumental in capturing a home invasion robbery suspect Monday in Redlands.

Murrieta police K9 Officer Travis Shows and Bloodhound Maddy joined the massive manhunt for the suspect that began at about 2 a.m. Monday. The suspect was sought in connection with the alleged robbery in the 500 block of West Crescent Avenue, Redlands police spokesperson Carl Baker said in a statement.

"The residents of the home were awakened by noises in the house and when they investigated they were confronted by an armed man," Baker said. "The robber left through a back door with personal electronics and miscellaneous jewelry stolen from the residence."

About five hours later, someone who lives on Knoll Road reported a suspicious person in their yard matching the description of the robber, Baker said.

"The man was gone when police arrived but police located property stolen during the earlier robbery," Baker said.

"The robber was considered armed and dangerous and as a precaution, nearby Kimberly Elementary School was locked down for nearly three hours from about 7:45 a.m. until shortly after 10:30 a.m.," he said.

Police closed off the area and began a yard-to-yard search with the assistance of a San Bernardino County sheriff's helicopter crew and Officer Shows with his trained Bloodhound from the Murrieta Police Department. Through mutual aid agreements, Murrieta police as well as the sheriff's department provide K9 assistance to neighboring agencies when duty calls.

While officers and detectives searched the neighborhood, a resident on Elizabeth Street noticed her dog barking and growling near some shrubbery outside her home, and she called police, Baker said.

Travis Michael Barden, 26, of Beamont was allegedly hiding under ivy in a yard in the 1400 block of Elizabeth Street when he was arrested at 12:11 p.m. Nov. 26, according to inmate records and Redlands police.

"Police searched the area and located the suspect hiding under several feet of ivy," Baker said. "Additional property from the robbery was located on his person."

Barden was arrested on suspicion of home invasion robbery, kidnapping and burglary, Baker said. He was transported to Central Detention Center in San Bernardino, where he was held Monday evening in lieu of $1 million bail.

Joe F November 28, 2012 at 05:11 AM
Even though other agencies have dogs, not many have bloodhounds. Riverside County Sheriff's Department only has one bloodhound, and the officer and dog are stationed out of Cabazon so that they can serve the east and west parts of the county when called upon. I would imagine that several bloodhounds from many agencies participated in this manhunt if it went on for this long. Residents of Murrieta are VERY fortunate to have such an outstanding K9 program within the city. NO city of 110,000 residents has a police force with 5 dogs, including their own bloodhound. Kudos to the Murrieta Police Department.
censored messenger November 28, 2012 at 05:56 PM
We can't afford it. They want to charge us more for paramedics. The Murrieta police and fire are greatly overpaid and there are hundreds of qualified job applicants that would take the job at half the wage. Demand they take a wage and pension cut VOLUNTARILY or dismiss them and rehire. If they are TRULY servants of the city they will understand..and comply We cant afford these guys..
mike smith November 28, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Nice work by Travis and, Maddy. @Censored messenger, maybe you should go back to your "third world country" then it would be a non issue for you.
censored messenger November 28, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Riverside County is starting to look a little Third Worldish, so I feel right at home, Mikey. And I'm a native American. More right to be here than you? Now if we can only get rid of these overpaid fire police and teachers we might actually be able to live within our budget, without extorting more from homeowners with threats about Paramedics.
censored messenger November 28, 2012 at 07:22 PM
who is the racist, Nuke? YOU using words no longer in vogue such as Negro, and person of color=colored person, right? Shame on your ignorant soul
0302 November 29, 2012 at 12:39 AM
The bloodhounds did not find the suspect. It was the woman's little dog that began barking at something in one of the neighbors backyard.
Vic November 29, 2012 at 04:50 AM
Nice call, 0302.

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