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State Trooper Bitten By K9 During Police Stakeout

State Trooper Bitten By K9 During Police Stakeout

A police mugshot of Algis Diaz.

Associated Press

August 17, 2010

READING, PA – A Pa. state trooper was severely bitten by a police dog during a stakeout of a bank robbery suspect.

A tip caller told State Police at Reading that Algis Diaz, 24, who is suspected in several Berks County bank robberies, was inside the Berkshire Mall Saturday afternoon.

The caller also identified the suspect’s car, which was reported stolen from the State College, Pa. region, and police staked it out in the parking lot.

When Diaz came out of the mall, he ran off when police tried to apprehend him.

A Wyomissing Police K-9 unit was on the scene. The officer released the dog and yelled for the other officers to stop their pursuit.

One Pa. State Trooper apparently did not hear that the dog was released and was bitten on the right leg when he didn’t stop pursuit. He was treated at Reading Hospital.

Diaz fled back into the mall with officers close behind. A worker at a telephone vendor saw the chase and tackled Diaz. Police took him into custody and faces charges of: Receiving stolen Property, Aggravated Assault, and recklessly Endangering Another Person.

Both State College PD and State Police Fogelsville also hold warrants for Diaz for Theft and Receiving stolen Property.

Diaz will face more charges. He’s locked up in the Berks County prison.

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