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K-9 Nato Helps Apprehend Wanted Subject

On Monday, October 2 at around 5:07 PM, a Lincoln City Police Officer spotted 33-year-old Ryan Downey of Lincoln City walking in the area of SW Hwy 101. The Officer was aware there was an active felony warrant for Downey’s arrest issued out of Lincoln County for Burglary and other miscellaneous charges. It was further known there was information purporting Downey may be carrying a weapon.

As other officers began responding to the area, Downey realized law enforcement was looking for him and he fled east across the highway where he was last seen in the area of SE 16th Street. Responding officers set up a perimeter, and K-9 Nato was deployed to search for Downey. K-9 Nato successfully tracked Downey’s path and ultimately located him hiding in the brush along a fence line. Downey was advised that a K-9 was present and ordered to come out from hiding. Downey peacefully surrendered and was taken into custody without further incident.

After being taken into custody, Downey was transported to the Lincoln County Jail where he was lodged on the felony warrant and on additional charges of Theft in the second degree stemming from an unrelated incident. This incident highlights the importance of having the police K-9 available here in Lincoln City which allowed officers to quickly locate and safely take into custody a wanted person. The Lincoln City Police are grateful for the incredible community support that allowed implementation of the K-9 program.

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