NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A K-9 unit is credited for helping take a suspect into custody Monday morning after two home burglaries were reported in Madison.
David Lauderdale Jr., 36, was apprehended by Metro police dog Echo and his partner Officer J.D. Young.
The first home burglary was reported by a neighbor around 7 a.m. in the 600 block of Roosevelt Avenue after they hear a neighbor’s home alarm. When officers arrived, they found the front door kicked in.
A short time later, a woman, who was hiding in a closet, called authorities around 7:30 a.m. reporting a man was inside her Heritage Drive home.
A police sergeant from quickly arrived and saw the suspect leaving in a maroon Chevrolet Tahoe. He stayed with the victim to make sure she was okay and alerted other officers about the SUV.
She says she could just hear someone walking around,” The victim’s mother who did not want to be identified said. “Of course she was hysterical and called her dad. I am proud of her, she used her head. They kept her on the phone and told her to be quiet.”
She added, “I just thank God she’s ok. They took some things, but things can be replaced, i’m just glad my daughter is ok.”
The suspect’s car was soon found parked in the front yard of a duplex on Nesbitt Lane, and officers approached, Lauderdale reportedly put the car in reverse and stepped on the gas.
In fear for their safety, both officers fired. The SUV was hit but no injuries were reported.
The Tahoe rammed the front of the marked police car before Lauderdale fled down Nesbitt Lane toward N. Graycroft Road.
Police said Lauderdale then jumped from the car at N. Graycroft and was caught by Echo the K-9.
“K-9 Echo took this man in custody after he already burglarized two homes and was doing his best to evade arrest in order to continue with his crime spree,” police spokeswoman Kristin Mumford said.
Five televisions and a laptop were recovered from the Tahoe. Four of the five televisions were taken during the Roosevelt Avenue and Heritage Drive burglaries, according to officers.
Lauderdale faces multiple charges including two counts of aggravated burglary, evading arrest, and assault against an officer.
He has prior convictions for cocaine possession, vehicle theft, and domestic assault.
At the time of his arrest, Lauderdale was wanted on an outstanding warrant charging aggravated burglary for an October residential break-in on Due West Avenue. The warrant was issued on Nov. 17.
Metro police said later Monday he admitted to more than a dozen break-ins.