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Probationer wanted after Wake Forest K-9 hurt in search

Posted March 25, 2011 11:35 a.m. EDT
Updated March 25, 2011 12:42 p.m. EDT

— 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.