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Belmont's New K-9 Officer Makes His First Arrest

The German shepherd assisted Belmont, San Mateo and Burlingame police officers in apprehending suspects who had allegedly burglarized cars and assaulted an officer.

Belmont Police Officer Dan Friedman and Kilo  Photo: Belmont PD
Belmont Police Officer Dan Friedman and Kilo Photo: Belmont PD

With less than six weeks under his collar, the Belmont Police Department's new K-9 officer, “Kilo” made his first arrest on Christmas Eve.

According to Capt. Pat Halleran of the Belmont Police Department, on Tuesday, Dec. 24 at about 7:20 p.m., San Mateo Police requested assistance locating a suspect who had fled after assaulting a SMPD officer. Belmont Police Officer Dan Friedman and his new partner “Kilo” responded to the call at San Mateo Drive and Baldwin Avenue.

Halleran said that the incident began when a San Mateo police officer spotted a silver sedan and its occupants that matched a suspicious vehicle report from Burlingame Police Department. 

Burlingame police reported that two suspects were seen looking into parked vehicles, and like agencies all over the area, the Belmont and San Mateo police departments are well aware of the epidemic problem of thefts from vehicles

According to the San Mateo Police Department, the vehicle was stopped in the 100 block of South Ellsworth Street. 

When officers contacted the suspects, one of them, later identified as Travell Council, 20, of San Francisco, fought with officers and led them on a foot-chase for several blocks before being able to elude pursuing officers. The second suspect, Demario Holmes, 31, also of San Francisco, was taken into custody without incident at the scene.

A perimeter was established Belmont's K-9 officer “Kilo” tracked Council to a yard in the 200 block of Baldwin Avenue, where officers found a ladder leading to the roof of a business. Officers checked the roof and found Council a short time later. Council was taken into custody without further incident. No police personnel were injured during the assault and subsequent chase.

Council was arrested on charges including, resisting arrest, assault on a police Officer and an outstanding warrant for domestic violence. Holmes was arrested for possession of burglary tools, evading police and violation of parole. Both suspects were booked into the San Mateo County Jail in Redwood City. 

Laura Dudnick contributed to this report.

George Metropulos December 31, 2013 at 01:51 PM
Way to go, Kilo (and Officer Friedman, too)!
DoodyCalls December 31, 2013 at 01:55 PM
Looks like Belmont has another top K9. Good to see after Nitro's retirement this year. Way to go! From your K9 friends at DoodyCalls.

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