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K9 Chase Tracks Down Hit and Run Suspect


 February 3rd, 2020          8:15 P.M.

Case # 20R008008

On Monday February 3rd, 2020, at approximately 4:53 P.M., Redding Police Officers were dispatched to the area of Cedars Road and Westside Road regarding a traffic accident.  As the initial officer was arriving on scene, one of the drivers of the involved vehicles fled on foot.  The suspect, later identified as 27 year old Orlando Javier Ramos of Sacramento, ran westbound from intersection of Cedars Road and Westside, towards the trailer park at 5812 Cedars Road.

Additional officers including Redding Police Department K9 Chase responded.  A helicopter from the California Highway Patrol was also summoned to assist.  With the helicopter in the area and officers securing a perimeter, Ramos decided to hide in some brush near the trailer park and hoped to avoid detection by law enforcement.  When Redding Police Department K9 Chase and his handler Officer Jamie Rouland arrived on scene, K9 chase started a short track and directed officers to the exact location where Ramos was hiding.

K9 Chase convinced Ramos to surrender and he was taken into custody without further incident.  Ramos who was determined to on probation out of Sacramento County, said he decided to run because he knew when police arrived on scene he was likely going to jail.  Ramos was booked into the Shasta County Jail for fleeing the scene of an accident and resisting arrest.

Although Redding Police K9s are occasionally used to forcefully effect an arrest on a resisting suspect, oftentimes their presence alone is enough to convince resistive suspects to surrender which is safer for everyone involved.  Ramos told officers during his arrest that he surrendered to avoid being bitten by K9 Chase.

Nobody was injured in the collision and the involved vehicles suffered moderate damage.

A picture of Ramos has been attached to this release.

Contact:      Sergeant Todd Cogle #301

Redding Police Department


Reviewed:      Garnero #195