Melbourne’s Finest K-9 Dex, Officer Greg Hughes, Apprehend Fleeing Suspect
By Space Coast Daily // June 30, 2015
Laron L. DeBose TAKEN INTO CUSTODY
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Melbourne police K-9 Dex and Officer Greg Hughes located and apprehended a fleeing suspect on Tuesday after Melbourne police officers was called to a disturbance in the 1700 block of Guava Avenue at about 10 a.m.
According to the MPD Facebook page, information was received that the cause of the disturbance, Laron L. DeBose, had an active felony warrant for narcotic related offenses.
Officer Mike Wofford had been looking for DeBose for the past two days, so a large contingent of officers were sent to the area. Officers found DeBose as he was walking down the street pushing a baby carriage.
According to police, when DeBose spotted the officers he fled on foot and abandoned the baby carriage. The area was quickly cordoned off and K-9 Dex and Officer Hughes began their search.
During the search, Dex alerted to an area behind a house by a small shed. Within moments, Dex had apprehended Debose, with a minor bit to the suspect’s leg after he failed to comply.
Debose was taken into custody by Officer Mark Knott and Hughes.
“As soon as Hughes was able to get back to his patrol vehicle, he was instructed to drive with lights and sirens down to southwest Palm Bay to assist with another burglary in progress,” said the MPD Facebook page.
“With barely enough time to cool down, Dex was back at searching for another burglar. Needless to say, these dogs have a tough time and are valuable members of your law enforcement community. At one moment they can be playful with a group of kids and then when called upon be a useful officer with the capture of a felon who seeks to hide from the police.”
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ABOVE MAP: Melbourne police K-9 Dex and Officer Greg Hughes located and apprehended a fleeing suspect on Tuesday after Melbourne police officers was called to a disturbance in the 1700 block of Guava Avenue at about 10 a.m.