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Clark County

October 8, 2013

Clarksville K9 helps nab alleged burglar

Police see man holding TV, flees

CLARKSVILLE — A man seen holding a television, which was believed to be stolen, fled into the nearby woods and was eventually apprehended with the help of a police K9.

Robert R. Lewis, 26, was arrested by Clarksville Police Department officers and preliminarily charged with burglary Monday.

According to a police report, officers were dispatched to a residence on North Randolph Avenue after a homeowner called police and reported a robbery.

When police arrived on the scene they saw a white male wearing blue jeans and a yellow shirt holding a television two houses away from the home where the alleged burglary was reported. The subject, later identified as Lewis, saw police, dropped the television and took off running, according to the police report.

Police chased the suspect who fled down an alley.

Witnesses told police they saw the suspect around the neighborhood about 20 minutes before police arrived and he was trying to sell the flat screen TV for $50.

Police on the scene called for Clarksville’s K9 unit because it was believed Lewis ran into a wood line and a low lying creek area nearby. After about 30 minutes of searching Clarksville’s K9, Kilo, alerted officers Lewis was hiding in the woods.

According to the police report, Lewis was unresponsive and uncooperative to officers’ commands, at which point Kilo was released. Lewis continued to resist, at one point tucking his hands under his chest as if he was going for a weapon, and as a result was Tased by police. Lewis still continued to resist and Kilo was re-deployed. At that point Lewis began to comply, according to the police report.

Lewis was taken into custody and transported to Clark Memorial Hospital emergency room for treatment of minor scratches and received three stitches to his right calf due to the dog bite.

According to police, Lewis kept stating over and over that he was drunk and did not know what happened. He reportedly told police that he drank between a half-gallon and a gallon of whiskey that day.

Lewis was taken to the Michael L. Becher Adult Correctional Complex and booked into jail on preliminary charges of burglary. A portable breath test was also administered to Lewis at Clark County jail, which registered a .187 Blood Alcohol Content. The legal limit is .08.

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