Wednesday, April 25, 2001
DALLAS -- When a fugitive refused to get out of an apartment crawl space in Dallas April 20, a police dog provided the proper persuasion.
Dallas police got a tip that Zane Bennett, 20, of 2020 Church St., Dallas, was hiding out at his girlfriend's apartment at 121 N.E. Fern Place No. 6.
Bennett, who was listed last week as one of Polk County's most wanted fugitives, was wanted on warrants for second-degree criminal mistreatment, failure to carry a driver's license and violating his probation.
When police got to the apartment around 10 p.m., Bennett's girlfriend and the other people there said that the suspect was not around.
However, police found bits of insulation on a chair underneath an access panel to the apartment's attic crawl space.
Bennett refused to come out, even when police explained that his girlfriend might get arrested for hiding a fugitive.
Ivon, a police dog, was brought in from Salem. When Bennett kept refusing to come out, Ivon was released into the crawl space.
Bennett screamed for someone to save him. Police called off Ivon who had already bitten Bennett several times on the right shoulder.
While attempting to escape the dog, Bennett fell through the ceiling in the bathroom of a neighboring apartment. He was spitting pieces of insulation out of his mouth when police arrested him.
Bennett said he refused to come out because he doesn't trust the police. He told officers he was not living in the crawl space, but had just gone up there when they came to the door.
Despite reports from a tipster, officers found no evidence of a drug lab in the attic.
Bennett was arrested for second-degree criminal mischief and resisting arrest as well as for the outstanding warrants.