Thursday, November 10, 2011

RAW VIDEO: Pima County Sheriff's Department plane helps locate home invasion suspects

TUCSON - The Pima County Sheriff's Department says they get to used to having a lot of different tools to catch bad guys - some of them include airplanes and dogs. News 4 Tucson's Sam Salzwedel got a rare view of those tools at work.

"As that property ends he's gonna be inside there," says the pilot of Survey Two as he tracks a home invasion suspect from a sheriff's plane equipped with an infrared camera.

In video provided by PCSD, a home invasion suspect is trying to hide from deputies, but he probably doesn't realize he's being watched with infrared from above.

"The plane is just another tool for our deputies to be able to find bad guys on the ground and take them into custody and keep themselves safe as well," says Deputy Dawn Barkman.

Around 2 a.m. on November 8, deputies say somebody called 9-1-1 to report two people with handguns inside their house.

"For something like that to happen that close yeah its real concerning," says southwest-side resident Robert Ochoa.

Residents nearby are surprised this could happen in their neighborhood. But this invasion has a happy ending for homeowners. If you watch the white figures on the screen, you can actually see the sheriff's department dog attacking the suspect.

"He actually bit the guy a couple times and had to go to the hospital before he went to jail," Deputy Barkman says.

Because of advanced technology and a primitive bite, deputies say a couple of men won't be breaking into any more homes any time soon.

Ochoa says incidents like these show "taxpayer money at work, so it makes me feel better."

The two men that deputies caught, Miguel Sierra and Jorge Perez, each face counts of armed robbery, aggravated robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, and kidnapping.

Sierra is the one who refused to go quietly, and got to meet the sheriff's K-9 unit.

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