Jacksonville K9 helps police apprehend 2 burglary suspects

Suspects may be connected to other burglaries in area

Jacksonville K9 helps police apprehend 2 burglary suspects
Niko assisted his handler with an arrest Wednesday.

JACKSONVILLE, TX (KLTV) - Jacksonville police say that on Wednesday morning, two men were apprehended for allegedly attempting to burglarize a home on Alameda Drive.

Police were called at 8:46 a.m. by a homeowner who ways he saw, via his security system, two men attempting to enter his front door. The men couldn’t enter so went around to the back of the house and forced entry, the homeowner said. The homeowner arrived and found the men inside his house. They fled the residence by running out the back door.

Officers arrived and saw the men running near the 1100 block of Brookhollow. The males matched the description the homeowner had given police. Citizens began to call 911 with locations of the suspects as they ran through their neighborhood.

K9 Officer Niko and his handler, Officer Steven Markasky, responded. They saw the suspects running in a backyard on Brookhollow. The officer yelled for the men to stop running or he would release the K9 officer to apprehend them.

The suspects continued to flee, police say, so the K9 was released and apprehended one of the suspects, identified as Derrick Searcy.

The other subject, Maleeque Rashoun Riden, continued to flee. However, Jacksonville police, assisted by Texas PDS, JISD police, Cherokee County deputies, and Cherokee County constables, set up a perimeter until Riden was found hiding in brush behind a fence near Alameda Drive.

Jacksonville police are continuing to investigate, but they say the burglaries may be linked to several others in the area in recent weeks.

Anyone with information about the burglaries in Jacksonville are encouraged to call police at 903-586-2546 or CrimeStoppers at 903-586-7867.

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