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Probationer wanted after Wake Forest K-9 hurt in search

Posted March 25, 2011

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— Wake Forest police have offered a reward for information leading to the arrest of a probation absconder after a police K-9 was run over during a search for him Thursday.

Marcus Antwan Richardson, 21, of 1405 Old Knight Road in Knightdale, fled from officers trying to serve him with outstanding warrants, police said. A K-9 handler released his dog, Maverick, to search for Richardson, and another officer coming to help ran over the dog.

The dog 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.

They issued warrants charging Richardson with felony assault on a police animal and resisting a public officer. Police said he had been wanted for a probation violation and on charges of misdemeanor larceny, failure to appear in court and two counts of resisting a public officer.

He 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.

Richardson is described as a black man with a medium complexion. He is 6 feet tall and weighs 160 pounds. He has brown eyes and black hair. His left ear is pierced.

He might be driving a light blue 1980 Pontiac.

Anyone with information about Richardson's whereabouts is asked to call Wake Forest police at 919-554-6150.


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  • rescuefan Mar 25, 2011

    Ya'll moderators are killing me. I guess opposing opinions aren't allowed, huh?

  • rescuefan Mar 25, 2011

    I am not sure what part of K-9 police officer people are missing here. It seems quite clear to me. The dog was working in the line of duty and was hit while pursuing the suspect. Seems quite plain and simple to me. Maybe because I understand how the law works and not how I wish or think it should work? This law has been on the books for years and years.

  • aquest1620 Mar 25, 2011

    I see that my statement did not completely post. Those of you who believe the actions of police officers or anyone else in authority should questions should read the paper or watch the news more often. Thankfully we still live in a country that for the time being allows free thought and the right to question authority. I believe our country was founded on these principles.

  • aquest1620 Mar 25, 2011

    I think that it is wrong to charge Mr. Richardson for the injury to the K9 dog. The Wake Forest police decided to set the dog loose, it would stand to reason that this kind of thing would be possible. Additionally, these charges are made even more ridiculous because it was another Wake Forest police officer who hit the animal. Do officers have no accountability for their actions. I agree with tar97heel

    While I am NOT defending the guy, this is one more ridiculous law that gives LEO another pass on personal and professional responsibility. How is it the suspect's fault that the officer can't pay attention? Next time, the officer will hit a pedestrian. Will he get a pass then?

    How about all the single-car "accidents" where the LEO was running 70, 80, 90 in a 55, wrecks, and NCSHP doesn't charge? If it were you or I, we'd be charged in a heartbeat.
    By the way all of those who believe that the actions of police officers or anyone else in authority should not be questioned, you

  • tab580642 Mar 25, 2011

    Law enforcement wouldn't need to use dogs for chases like this if 70% of the officers didn't carry around keg of beer guts! I'm serious. Just check out the majority of your local LEOs. Most of them couldn't chase a 5 year old because they aren't in good enough physical condition to do it. Either they are too old or simply too fat.

  • tab580642 Mar 25, 2011

    LOL at oldrebel's comment "Another reason to keep your dog on a leash." LOL!!!

  • tab580642 Mar 25, 2011

    What this is about is trying to make this guy pay WFPD for another K-9 because if they can get someone else to pay for it thats one less justification they'd have to come up with to use taxpayers money for something else unnecessarily. People just don't realize how expensive these dogs are to train and maintain. 80% of the time they are useless. I would love to see how much this dog has helped officers over that 7 year period....IN WAKE FOREST of all places. Check this out http://www.policeone.com/K-9/articles/77178-K-9s-The-cost-of-starting-a-K-9-unit/

  • tab580642 Mar 25, 2011

    Pantherfan wrote; "Actually they can be sued. If was not your normal work day and they summoned you to work at 3am not knowing what your personal plans were and how much rest you may have had before then. If not for the call in then you would not have had the wreck. You need to research your comments before you make them."

    Man, from what law book did u pull this from?? LOL!! That's one of the most ridiculous post that I've ever seen!! LOL!!

  • oldrebel Mar 25, 2011

    Another reason to keep your dog on a leash.

  • tab580642 Mar 25, 2011

    I agree with The Dude Abides!