SLIDELL, La. (WDSU) — A Slidell Police K-9 is being credited for capturing an armed robbery suspect less than a minute after the suspect committed the crime.
A woman frantically called 911 Tuesday night, saying she was robbed at gunpoint at the Chase Bank ATM on Pontchartrain Drive.
According to police, within a minute, Slidell police K-9 officer, Jake Morris, and K-9 Kano, were on the scene.
Morris found the suspect fleeing the area through the Chase Bank parking lot and ordered him to stop.
The suspect refused, at which time K-9 Kano was released and caught the suspect as he was trying to jump a fence.
Derrick Head, 29, of Slidell, was taken into custody and charged with armed robbery, resisting an officer and felon in possession of a firearm, according to the report.
Officers were able to locate the victim’s belongings, as well as the firearm used during the robbery.
It was discovered that Head was on parole for another armed robbery he committed in Orleans Parish back in 2009, according to police.
“Some call it luck, skill, or being at the right place at the right time, either way, it is a good day when we can catch an armed robber in less than a minute after committing the crime. This suspect is now where he belongs, behind bars, and hopefully will never have the opportunity to rob anyone ever again,” said Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal.
Head was treated at an area hospital for a dog bite and is currently being housed at the Slidell City Jail.
Head will be transferred to the St. Tammany Parish Jail.
If convicted of armed robbery, Head faces a maximum penalty of 99 years in prison.