Lake County Sheriff’s Office

Dax Wins Again: Lake County K9 Helps Take Down A Robbery Suspect

July 09, 2018 - 1:09 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A crime-fighting K-9 is being credited for helping Lake County, Illinois authorities nab a robbery suspect.

Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran said deputies were called to a Fremont Township motel early last Sunday morning for reports of a robbery. Upon arrival, police spoke with the victim, a 25-year-old Mundelein man, who told them he was approached by another man asking for money. When the victim gave the man money, the man grabbed more money from the victim’s hands and ran from the scene. The victim chased the subject for a short distance but then stopped to call 911.

"The officer that responded, John Forlenza, with his dog, Dax, spoke to the victim," Curran said. "He said that a person by the name of Chester Biggs had taken some money off of him."

Dax eventually tracked down the 39-year-old and when he ignored demands to surrender, the K-9 was let loose.

"Dax was able to get to the offender, he tried punching Dax and Dax was able to take him to the ground. Suspects hit the dogs all the time, thinking that will work. Fortunately, the dogs are so well-trained that they just hold onto the leg like they're trained to do."

Lake County Sheriff’s Office

The suspect, identified as Chester A. Biggs Jr., 39, of Warren Township, was taken into custody and charged with robbery, theft,  criminal damage to property, resisting a peace officer and striking a police animal. He's being held on $50,000 bond.

Curran said Dax is no stranger to the spotlight, he's helped the department apprehend over 50 suspects in his young career. Last year, the Chicago Crime Commission awarded him the PAWS of Distinction award.

"We believe Dax is one of the finest dogs, if not the finest dog in the country, in terms of law enforcement," he said.