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Police K-9 catches theft suspect


Police service dog, Gino and his handler return to their vehicle after apprehended the suspect Israel Tijeria-33 after he fled the 1700 block of Kirby St. NE after officers tried to arrest he and his brother Rayes Tijeria. Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal.)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A hunt for a man wanted in connection with the theft of two vehicles ended with a bite from an Albuquerque police dog Tuesday afternoon as he ran through the yard of a Northeast Heights home, according to APD spokesman Tanner Tixier.

Police arrested Israel Tijeria, 33, about 2 p.m. after searching neighborhoods near the intersection of Indian School and Chelwood Park.

The hunt began when police attempted to serve warrants for Israel Tijeria and his brother Reyes Tijeria at a house in the 1700 block of Kirby where a stolen motorcycle and another stolen vehicle were located.

Police captured Reyes Tijeria near the vehicles but his brother fled northward through the neighborhoods. Police then set up a perimeter in the area around Morrow and Algodones, just north of the intersection of Indian School and Chelwood Park.

Police used a K-9 unit to search houses in the area. A Belgian Malinois police dog stopped Israel Tijeria by biting him as he ran outside a house on Euclid, between Paisano and Chelwood Park, Tixier said.

The motorcycle was a Kawasaki Ninja stolen about three weeks ago, according to a relative of the owner. Tixier did not have information on the other stolen vehicle.