K-9 escapes police vehicle, attacks Tracy teen

Jan 24, 2015 2:04 PM by David McVicker

A teen was attacked leaving his classmate's house Thursday by a police K-9 who escaped his handler's vehicle.

KCRA 3 reported that John Jacobo Jr. was walking home around 8:30 p.m. after doing his homework at a friend's house when the dog chased him down. He tried to escape but the K-9 caught him.

The on-duty officer was not at his vehicle when he heard the call over the radio. He returned to the vehicle to find the back door ajar and the K-9 not in the vehicle. The officer provided aid to the 13-year-old then radioed for an ambulence, police said.

Jocobo Jr.'s father, John Jocobo, said he received the news after he called his son.

"I called him and he picks up the phone and says, 'Dad, I was attacked by a big dog," John Jacobo told KCRA 3. "(He was) screaming his head off, and I ran outside and I thought it was him in the street. It was a bystander who pulled the dog off my son."

Jocobo Jr. was tranported to a local hospital and treated for bruises and dog bites and released.

Tracy police officials said their vehicle door are equipped with a sensor to release the K-9 officers remotely. The vehicle has since been taken out of service while investigators determine how the door opened.


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