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Police Dog Captures Robbery Suspects

HARTFORD — Police are crediting the work of a K-9 dog for helping them disrupt an alleged robbery and assault yesterday at the corner of Albany Ave.  and Main St.

Police gave the report as such:

At 9:16 p.m. Hartford Police K-9 Officer Matthew Labbe and his K-9 partner, Ike, were on patrol in the area of Albany Ave. and Main St. when they observed three men assaulting a man. As Officer Labbe exited his vehicle, the three men fled, discarding a box cutter, and the victim later identified as a 45 year old City resident, yelled that he had just been robbed by the three men, police said.

Officer Labbe repeated yelled for the men to stop running or he would send the dog. However, the fleeing suspects ignored his verbal command and ran through the yards onto Belden St. As one of the men tried to scale a fence, Officer Labbe and his K-9 partner apprehended him, police said.

 The man later identified as Thomas Curtis, 20, of 228 Mather St. received several K-9 bites as he resisted arrest. He was provided medical attention on scene and transported to Hartford Hospital for further observation. He was subsequently released from the hospital and charged with Robbery 1st Degree, and Interfering with Police.

Curtis also had an outstanding warrant for an outstanding Assault 3rd Degree and a Breach of Peace in the 2nd Degree complaint. His  bonds total $55,000.00.

The victim who fought back during the robbery avoided being cut by the box cutter, police said.

Ike is one of two Patrol K-9’s on the Hartford Police Department. He is a three year old German Shepherd who has been certified by the Connecticut State Police Canine Unit since May 2008 as a patrol dog.

The investigation is on-going. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Sergeant Brandon O’Brien of the Hartford Police Department’s Major Crimes Division or to contact the Crime Stoppers Tip Line. Anonymous, confidential tips may be made by calling Hartford Crime Stoppers at 860-722-TIPS (8477).

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