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K-9 Unit Helps Yakima Police Chase Down Robber

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A Yakima police dog is being hailed as a hero Monday after chasing down a convenience store robber Sunday night. T A Yakima police dog is being hailed as a hero Monday after chasing down a convenience store robber Sunday night. T

YAKIMA, WA - A Yakima police dog is being hailed as a hero Monday after chasing down a convenience store robber Sunday night. The dog attacked the suspect and held him down so police could arrest him.

Police shut down multiple blocks around East Nob Hill Boulevard and South 18th Street for hours Sunday night so a Police K-9 Unit could go to work catching a criminal. And the dog did it's job perfectly.

Late Sunday night two men entered the 76 Convenience Store on East Nob Hill Boulevard. One of the men flashed what the cashier thought was a handgun but was later determined to be a realistic looking aerosoft gun.

The two men fled on foot but with the help of the K-9 Unit, police apprehended one 22-year-old man. Monday authorities identified the other suspect and could have him in custody by the end of the day. NBC Right Now talked to a neighbor nearby the store who says he expected something like this.

"I wasn't really surprised," Bill Betts said. "Just things like that have been happening and I don't even know what to say. It's really too bad that people just don't want to get up and do something with their lives."

And this isn't unusual. Out of 57 reported robberies last year in Yakima, 13 were committed at local convenience stores. That was second most to 34 robberies committed against individuals. That means people on the street or in their home.

Police will update NBC Right Now as soon as they have the second suspect in custody and we will bring that information to you.

 

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YAKIMA, WA - Yakima Police say they've arrested one man, but are still looking for another after a robbery at a gas station Sunday night.

Officers say when the two men went into the Gateway 76 on Nob Hill and South 18th Street, one of them pulled out a handgun, and demanded money from the cashier. Police say they got the cash, and ran off. 

Officers brought in a police dog after the hold up. The K-9 officer tracked down a 22-year-old man a few blocks away, but police say the other got away.

No one inside the store was hurt during the hold up, but the man who was caught and arrested had minor injuries.

Paramedics treated him before officers booked him into the Yakima County Jail for armed robbery.

Police say the other suspect is in his 20s.

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