K-9 nabs burglary suspect

vpatton@mercedsun-star.comApril 13, 2013 

An 18-year-old man was arrested for burglary after being caught by a Merced County Sheriff's Department K-9.

The incident was reported Wednesday at a home in the 7700 block of Zinfandel Way in Winton. Deputies responded to the scene at 9:21 a.m. after dispatchers received a 911 call about a burglary in progress, according to deputy Delray Shelton, a sheriff's spokesman.

Suspect Arturo Gonzalez Jr. and an unidentified man reportedly saw deputies arrive and tried to escape on foot. Deputy Givo Ysael released his K-9 partner, Taz. The dog apprehended Gonzalez, but the other alleged burglar escaped.

While he was trying to flee, deputies said, Gonzalez tossed a gun. It was recovered by deputies, along with some ammunition.

Gonzalez is a documented gang member with an extensive juvenile criminal history, Shelton said.

Gonzalez, who also was wanted on a felony warrant, was booked at the Merced County Jail on suspicion of numerous charges, including obstructing or resisting officers, misdemeanor battery, carrying a concealed weapon, residential burglary and threatening an officer.

He's being held without bail.

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