Portage police K-9 assists arrest of man who fled from officers

2014-02-06T10:25:00Z 2014-02-06T23:22:05Z Portage police K-9 assists arrest of man who fled from officersJohn Scheibel john.scheibel@nwi.com, (219) 548-4358 nwitimes.com
February 06, 2014 10:25 am  • 

PORTAGE | A Calumet City man who ran from Portage police was apprehended after trying to fight off a K-9 officer.

Two Chicago men who were with him were also arrested on charges of resisting law enforcement as police were investigating the use of a fraudulent debit card.

Dominique Smith, 24, of Calumet City, was charged with resisting law enforcement and conversion.

Rayshod Terry, 23, and Brandon Smith, 22, both of Chicago, were charged with resisting law enforcement.

Portage police were called about 5 p.m. Tuesday to Horizon Bank, 2650 Willowcreek Road, about a man trying to use a fraudulent debit card.

A bank employee told police the man left in a silver Cadillac.

Officers checked the area and found the car at 1st Source Bank, 6043 Central Ave. Police stopped the car in the parking lot. One of the men, Dominique Smith, was walking away from the car, according to police.

Police said Dominique Smith was told to stop and return to the car, but instead he ran from police.

The officer warned Dominique Smith if he didn't return he would release his K-9 partner.

When Dominique Smith didn't stop, the officer remotely opened the door to his car and K-9 Officer Chuckie ran after Dominique Smith.

After repeated warnings to Dominique Smith to stop, which he ignored, Chuckie was given a command to apprehend.

Chuckie first caught Dominique Smith by the back of coat. Dominique Smith then swung at Chuckie, trying to hit him. Chuckie then tried to apprehend Dominique Smith by the face, then the back of his head. After a brief struggle with the officer, Dominique Smith was handcuffed.

Police found a debit card and cash in Dominique Smith's possession. Dominique Smith had active warrants in Cook County and Los Angeles for counterfeiting, police said.

Police said Brandon Smith and Terry initially refused to get out of the Cadillac.

Smith exited, but Terry refused until police said Chuckie would be sent into the car.

Both were taken into custody.

Police said Dominique Smith had tried to use a fraudulent debit card at Horizon Bank to get a cash advance, but the teller recognized that it was a fraudulent card.

Police said he went across the street and tried to use the card at Fifth Third Bank, 2655 Willowcreek Road, but was also denied a cash advance.

According to police, Dominique Smith said he bought the debit card in Chicago.

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