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Probationer arrested after Wake Forest K-9 hurt in search

Posted March 26, 2011
Updated March 27, 2011

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— Authorities have arrested a probation absconder who was wanted after a Wake Forest police K-9 was run over during a search for him.

Marcus Antwan Richardson, 21, of 1405 Old Knight Road in Knightdale, was arrested during a traffic stop in Zebulon Friday afternoon.

Richardson was charged with felony assault on a police animal, resisting a public officer and second-degree trespassing. He was also served with outstanding warrants for a probation violation and charges of misdemeanor larceny, second-degree trespassing, failure to appear in court and two counts of resisting a public officer.

He was placed in the Wake County jail under a $332,000 bond. His first court appearance was set for Monday.

Police said that Richardson fled from officers trying to serve him with outstanding warrants Thursday. A K-9 handler released his dog, Maverick, to search for Richardson, and another officer coming to help struck the dog.

The Belgian Malinois had emergency surgery at North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and was in critical but stable condition.

Police said that Richardson can be held responsible for the dog's injury because the animal was being used in a search for him after he had fled police.

Richardson is on probation for a misdemeanor larceny conviction last September, according to state Department of Correction records. He also has previous convictions for felony drug possession, speeding to elude arrest and resisting an officer.

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  • braddavis Mar 30, 2011

    I'm a former LEO, and I agree with whitehackle

  • whitehackle Mar 28, 2011

    To question the same "logic" applied to this charge, let's go back a few years in Wake Forest when another K-9 officer made a mistake. On the north side of town, a veteran K-9 officer was pursuing a petty thief when the suspect ran into his family home. The officer, either out of negligence or malice, shot THROUGH THE FRONT DOOR and hit the suspects 12 year old sister through both arms. NO ONE was charged in that shooting, not the suspect nor the officer. In fact, after a lengthy period of paid administrative leave, the officer got to purchase the $20,000 drug dog for $1. Negligence should be placed where it belongs - on the negligent party. The officer who ran over the dog is at fault, not (yet another) petty thief. Yet another example of the WFPD not being held accountable for their own actions.

  • thinkin out loud Mar 28, 2011

    If a police officer is chasing you and crashes his car, you will held responsible for damages to the car. Same concept and very much correct. You are required by law to STOP!

  • nixonke Mar 28, 2011

    With this reasoning, owner should be charged when there aninmal gets hit by a car, which in some cases is fitting but not for others. However, if that is the case it is the handler who would be guilty for putting the animal in a dangerous situation, which is fitting. Either way, this guy was not involved with the animals injuries in any way, and he has enough charges so why add more. He has to take responsibilty for what he did, and suprise suprise, the cops think that they do not.

  • _kommon_sense_ Mar 28, 2011

    Wait did I read that right?

    A K-9 handler released his dog, Maverick, to search for Richardson, and ANOTHER OFFICER coming to help struck the dog.

    Police said that Richardson can be held responsible for the dog's injury because the animal was being used in a search for him after he had fled police.

    That hardly seems fair.