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POLICE SEIZE FUGITIVE ON DRUG CHARGES WITH ASSIST FROM HIS SON AND HIS PUPPY

Nicholas Rodriguez was the first to admit to Buffalo police that Saturday was not his day.

A fugitive on five felony drug charges, Rodriguez was arrested in an apartment house on Broadway by officers who received help from his 2-year-old son and his puppy.

Rodriguez, 31, whose name was recently posted on the Buffalo police web site for most-wanted fugitives, was arrested by C District officers at about 5:20 p.m.

Officers Ron Ransford and William Kaiser said they received a tip that Rodriguez had been hiding out in a house on Broadway near Fillmore Avenue. Arriving at the house, they realized that the building is owned by a city police officer and that another officer rents an apartment there.

Ransford said he and his partner walked up to the door of the apartment where they had been told Rodriguez was staying and saw a 2-year-old boy playing alone in the living room.

"Where is your daddy?" Ransford asked him.

"He's in the closet," the boy responded.

"As we walked toward the closet," Ransford said, "we noticed a little puppy was there, with his leash tied to the door knob of the closet.

"The puppy moved, and the door opened, and Nicholas Rodriguez was standing there."

The officers said Rodriguez told them he would have tried to flee from the apartment, but he had stepped on a nail earlier in the day and could barely walk.

The boy's mother took care of him after arriving at the apartment while police were there.

"We made it as easy as possible for the boy," Ransford said. "Nicholas was very cooperative, and we told the woman and his son that he had to go see the judge."

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