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Amherst police K-9 unit tracks suspect to his hiding place in garage

An Amherst police dog on Tuesday helped officers track down a suspect wanted on a felony warrant who was hiding in a garage in Eggertsville, police reported.

Police say the neighborhood has seen break-ins, bike thefts and other criminal activity, so two officers were patrolling on bicycles at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

One of them saw someone known as the subject of a felony warrant. He fled after he was approached by officers, who set up a perimeter and called in the K-9 unit for assistance.

"Droopy" pointed officers to a nearby garage, and a man inside was taken into custody after a brief struggle.

Assistant Police Chief Charles Cohen would not say where the suspect was spotted or arrested.

Jareld Bailey, 20, of Buffalo, was charged with burglary and resisting arrest. Officers also found a loaded handgun and additional charges are pending.

Bailey was arraigned in Amherst Town Court and remanded to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.

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