The incident occurred late Monday night, September 25, according to ABC13.
A witness, Ashley Schafer, had called 911 about a kidnapping and attack involving her neighbor, who was not identified.
Schafer witnessed her neighbor coming home from shopping for groceries, and then saw four suspects walking up to her. She said, “They came up to her and hit her in the head with the gun”, according to WCPO.
Forest Park Police Chief Phil Cannon said that the victim tried to run, after getting her kids inside, but the suspects forced their way inside.
They stole $2400, demanded more money, which the victim didn’t have, and then stole the victim’s car, with her 15-month-old daughter inside. Schafer was able to give a description of the vehicle to police during her 911 call.
Police located the vehicle on southbound I-75, and a brief pursuit occurred. The four suspects bailed out of the vehicle and fled on foot.
A Springfield Township K9 began a search for the suspects, but had to stop to rest due to the heat and length of the track. K9 Dino picked up where the Springfield Township K9 stopped.
K9 Dino suddenly stopped during the track, and collapsed. He was taken to a vet for treatment, but died. It is believed that he died from a medical condition.
One suspect, Anquan Williams, was arrested. Police are still searching for the other three suspects, and asked for the public’s help in locating them. Anyone with information is asked to call Forest Park Police at (513) 595-5220.
The baby was found safe, still strapped inside her mother’s car.
Green Township Police Chief James Vetter said that K9 Dino was a Belgian-Malinois/Shepherd mix trained in narcotics detection and tracking. He said that he had been with the department since 2011.
Chief Vetter said, “He had a reputation as an outstanding police canine and very much loved his work. He will be sorely missed”.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Green Township Police Department in their loss of K9 Dino. Thank you for your service.