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Unsuspecting Burglar gets hunted down by K-9 Maverick at Phipps Park

Unsuspecting Burglar gets hunted down by K-9 Maverick at Phipps Park

Unsuspecting Burglar gets hunted down by K-9 Maverick at Phipps Park

Martin County, Fl (treasurecoast.com)- An unsuspecting burglar got hunted down by K-9 Maverick at Phipps Park.
This is what the Martin County Sheriff said:
CATCH OF THE WEEK, FLEEING BURGLARY SUSPECT GOES HANDS ON WITH K-9 MAVERICK AFTER INTENSE SEARCH, SUSPECT LEARNS QUICKLY ABOUT K-9 ENDURANCE
38-year-old Peter Umholtz appeared determined to get away after committing a burglary at Phipps Park on SE Canal Street.
The suspect ran from deputies and hid near a large canal where he submerged himself under mud and mounds of vegetation. Deputies had a general idea of where Umholtz could be hiding, but because of the elements, it was difficult to narrow down.
Unsuspecting Burglar gets hunted down by K-9 Maverick at Phipps Park
Unsuspecting Burglar gets hunted down by K-9 Maverick at Phipps Park
Unsuspecting Burglar gets hunted down by K-9 Maverick at Phipps Park
Unsuspecting Burglar gets hunted down by K-9 Maverick at Phipps Park

With the help of MCSO’s Marine Unit, Corporal Ronnie Manganiello and his partner, K-9 Maverick were able to get closer to a deep embankment surrounded by water, where K-9 Maverick began to alert. As the patrol boat moved closer to the area, Maverick continued to warn his team that the suspect was nearby. After ignoring several commands for the suspect to show himself and surrender, Maverick was deployed on the embankment.

K-9 Maverick
K-9 Maverick

Within seconds Maverick located Umholtz hiding under the vegetation. Umholtz still refused to surrender. Instead, he tried pinning Maverick against a tree and grabbed his snout in an attempt to drag him in the water. But Maverick quickly turned the tables on Umholtz, and in a split second, showed the suspect the downside to going hands on with an MCSO K-9.

Unsuspecting Burglar gets hunted down by K-9 Maverick at Phipps Park
Unsuspecting Burglar gets hunted down by K-9 Maverick at Phipps Park

Peter Umholtz, who also had outstanding warrants, was charged with burglary, grand theft, and obstruction.

As for Maverick, last week he showed his softer side by sporting rabbit ears to celebrate Easter—but this week, he gets a crown for a job well done!

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