VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia Beach police confirm a police K-9 bit an 11-year-old boy while the department was searching for a robbery suspect Monday.
After a man robbed the Wells Fargo bank on Independence Boulevard Monday morning, detectives developed a lead that the suspect might be at the America’s Best Value Inn on Northampton Boulevard, according to Public Affairs Officer James Cason.
Officers, detectives and a K-9 unit went to the motel and staged to make an arrest. As the K-9 team was moving into position, the child “emerged from a corridor of the motel and ran into the K-9 dog,” according to a VBPD release.
Cason said the dog reacted by biting the boy. He said officers immediately administered first aid and stayed with the child and his mother until medics arrived.
Amanda Leudke told WAVY.com her son, Cameran, was the child attacked by the dog. She said they were staying at the motel while visiting family in Virginia Beach, and when she noticed the police activity, she and went outside to check in out. Cameran left their room looking for her.
Leudke said her son did not run into the police dog, but was attacked from behind. She said Cameran was coming from one direction and the K-9 handler was coming from the other.
The robbery suspect was arrested about ten minutes later after the incident in the motel parking lot.
10 On Your Side also spoke with the child’s grandfather, who sent pictures of the injuries. WAVY.com has blurred the pictures due to their graphic nature. The injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.
“Nobody in the hotel knew,” said Spencer Leudke, Cameran’s grandfather. “Nobody was informed there was a search going on. That’s why we want some answers.”
The Leudkes are upset that police didn’t warn motel guests to stay in their rooms while the search was going on. Cason said, motel guests are purposely not warned during searches so the suspect is not tipped off.
The Leudkes still have questions about the process. Amanda Leudke said she has been in touch with police since the incident, but never received an incident report. Leudke said she also has not been informed if the city of Virginia Beach will cover Cameran’s medical bills.