“Rookie K9 Officer” Makes First Apprehension

Occurred on 8/25/12, 08:51 p.m.  Aggravated Assault    3627 La Paz       1208250128 

Officers were dispatched to a knife attack in which one of the victims had been stabbed in the neck.  Upon their arrival, Officers found the 17-year-old victim amongst a crowd of juveniles in the 3700 block of La Paz.  The victim had multiple stabs wound to his abdomen and neck.  He was taken to Spohn Memorial by CCFD Emergency Personnel with non-life threatening injuries. 

Further investigation revealed that juveniles were at the victim’s home when a verbal altercation escalated and the victim was stabbed.  The 16-year-old suspect fled with his 14-year-old sister and his 15-year-old girlfriend.  Police searched for the trio, but were unable to locate them.  The suspect and his sister were both found to be runaways. 

On August 27th, Police were called to 2800 Summer Ridge when a caller reported the suspect involved in the stabbing was hiding in a shed by the ditch.  An Officer arrived to find the suspect and his girlfriend in the area of Summer Ridge and Sandra Lane.  A foot pursuit ensued in which the suspect’s girlfriend interfered, jumping in front of the Officer causing then to collide.  

The suspect was able to escape and hide in the brush.  Patrol Officers set up a perimeter allowing K9 Officer J. Lavastida and his partner “Indy” to search the area.  “Indy” searched the three feet high grass and stopped a foot away from the wanted suspect.  Officer Lavastida reported the suspect was completely covered in tall grass and only a small piece of the suspect’s blue jeans was visible.  

The 16-year-old suspect was detained along with his 15-year-old girlfriend.  They were both booked at the Nueces County Juvenile Justice Center.  She was charged with Interference with Public Duties, a Class “B” Misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine.  He was charged with the outstanding Nueces County Juvenile warrant for Dangerous Drugs, Runaway and Evading Arrest.  The Evading Arrest is a Class “A” misdemeanor and punishable by up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine. 

The investigation into the stabbing is still ongoing.