He Took a Bite Out of Crime
He took a bite out of crime. The final arrest has been made in a shooting that happened in Southwest Alachua County two weeks ago. Taking this suspect into custody was a milestone for a community and a rookie canine.
On March 6th there was a fight in the Majestic Oaks neighborhood, that escalated into a gun battle. Two people were shot. An innocent bystander and one of the shooters, who was arrested that day.
But another suspected gunman remained on the loose, until he met someone named "Robbie."
This is Robbie. Early this morning he apprehended his first suspect in the line of duty. Canine Unit Deputy Tommy Willcox said, "Me and Robbie started training in September and here we are on our first day on the road and we've already caught the bad guy on the first day."
The now 1 and a half year old Belgium Malinois was donated to the Alachua County Sheriff's Office. After extensive training with his handler, Deputy Tommy Willcox, he was ready for his first mission. Looking for this man: 19 year old, Anthony Bunn of Gainesville. A known gang member with a violent criminal history.
Willcox said, "We went to the house and he wouldn't come out, so we used Robbie to go inside and locate the suspect." Robbie found Bunn hiding in a closet inside of an apartment in Southeast Gainesville. With weapons nearby. Willcox said, "And Robbie held on to him until we were able to get there and control him and take him into custody."
Bunn suffered minor injuries from Robbie's bites and was taken to jail...charged with attempted second degree murder, possession of a fire arm by a convicted felon and resisting arrest.
Alachua County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Sergeant Todd Kelly said, "It's unfortunate that he suffered a dog apprehension, but he chose not to listen to our investigators when he was asked to come out."
This arrest brings some conclusion to a shooting that terrified a neighborhood because these two men are accused of firing shots into a crowd that had innocent bystanders and children. Kelly said, "Know that he has been armed, know that he's willing to fire shots into a crowd. Fire shots toward people and our deputies, put their lives out there on the line to take somebody dangerous off the streets of our community."
A memorable arrest for the Alachua County Sheriff's Office and especially Deputy Willcox and his partner Robbie. Investigators say the shooting was gang related. As for Robbie, his reward is a hamburger at home.
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