Police surround suspected car thief, use K9 to arrest him near Rose Park area, LBPD says

Police cornered a man who ditched a stolen car when officers tried to pull him over in East Long Beach Sunday morning, according to the department.

Officers originally were called about the stolen vehicle around 8:10 a.m. near Termino Avenue and 11th Street, LBPD spokesman Brandon Fahey said.

The suspect ended up ditching the stolen vehicle and fleeing on foot, prompting police to set up a perimeter and call in a police helicopter while they searched for him near the Rose Park neighborhood.

Officers found him on Redondo Avenue near Eighth Street, but he refused to comply, so they used a K9 to take him into custody, Fahey said.

The suspect was taken to a hospital to treat minor injuries from the K9 bite, and he will be booked into the Long Beach Jail once doctors determine he’s OK, Fahey said.

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Jeremiah Dobruck is the breaking news editor for the Long Beach Post. He began his journalism career in 2007 as an intern at Palos Verdes Peninsula News and has worked for The Forum Newsgroup in New York City, the Daily Pilot and the Press-Telegram. He lives in Torrance with his wife, Lindsey, and their two young children.