A 31-year-old man suspected of stealing a woman’s car in Victorville and driving several blocks with the victim on the hood of the vehicle was arrested after being tracked down by a K-9, authorities said Monday.
Edward Poquette allegedly stole the gold Honda Accord shortly after 10:40 p.m. Friday in the 13200 block of Soft Cloud Way, according to a news release from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. The owner was on the hood of the car at the time.
After hitting several mail boxes, Poquette drove approximately five blocks and bailed out of the vehicle in the area of Cobalt and Bear Valley roads, the release stated. He fled on foot.
A San Bernardino Sheriff’s Aviation unit responded, as did Deputy Moyer and his K-9 partner Ellie, to search for the suspect.
The K-9 was able to track the man’s scent through several backyards in a residential area. She ultimately located him in an RV at a vacant residence where he was hiding, according to the release.
Poquette was taken into custody. The Victorville resident was booked into jail on charges of kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon, the Sheriff’s Department said.
The 31-year-old victim was not injured in the incident.
This is at least the second time this year Ellie has been credited by the Sheriff’s Department with locating a suspect. In late January, she tracked down a man accused of torturing and assaulting a woman for hours.