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Grant Co. K9s take down two suspects within one week

Most recently, K9 Grizzly caught a suspect in a stolen car chase Thursday night. Just six days earlier K9 Chewbacca nabbed a domestic violence suspect who attempted

EDITOR'S NOTE: The video above is from a previous story about K9 Sarge patrolling Sacred Heart Medical Center. 

MOSES LAKE, Wash. - Grant County K9s are on a roll, with two of them taking down suspects within one week. 

Most recently, K9 Grizzly caught a suspect in a stolen car chase Thursday night. After Grant Co. deputies received a report of a stolen vehicle from the Moses Lake area, authorities tracked the car through the vehicle’s OnStar locator. 

The locator showed the car was driving around a neighborhood in Royal City. A deputy located the car stopped in an alley when the suspect stepped out of the car. 

The suspect started walking toward the deputy in spite of the deputy’s commands to stop. When the suspect did not obey commands, the deputy deployed K9 Grizzly.

K9 Grizzly stopped the suspect by latching onto his right arm and taking him to the ground. The suspect, identified as Ubaldo Valdez Moreno, was taken to Grant Co. jail on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle and possession of methamphetamine.

Just six days earlier K9 Chewbacca nabbed a domestic violence suspect who attempted to evade arrest near Moses Lake. Around 10:15 p.m. on May 17, deputies were dispatched to a domestic violence call where the suspect had fled the scene.

The suspect, Patricio Moncada, 30, of Moses Lake, had an outstanding warrant related to domestic violence. Deputies patrolled the area and saw the suspect walking nearby. 

As the deputies approached Moncada started to run. K9 Chewbacca was dispatched and apprehended the suspect with a bite to the arm. 

The suspect resisted and started fighting K9 Chewbacca, who then bit the suspect on the other arm and held him until a deputy took the suspect into custody. The suspect was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of his bites.

The suspect was then taken to the Grant Co. jail on charges of assault, resisting arrest and the outstanding warrant on a previous domestic violence charge. K9 Chewbacca was not hurt during the struggle.