Tonawanda Police Credit K9 With Locating Robbery Suspect

June 14, 2013 Updated Dec 14, 2013 at 8:20 PM EDT

By Mitch Simon

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Tonawanda Police Credit K9 With Locating Robbery Suspect

June 14, 2013 Updated Dec 14, 2013 at 8:20 PM EDT

TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WKBW) - Town of Tonawanda Police are recognizing a K-9 for finding the suspect of a bank robbery.

Police say June 5th at approximately 8:10 p.m., the Town of Tonawanda Police Department was called to assist Buffalo Police detectives who were attempting to apprehend a bank robbery suspect the Knight’s Inn Motel.

As police approached his room, the suspect, 35-year-old Nicholas Harber, left his motel room out a back window and fled on foot into a wooded area behind the motel.

Erie County’s Air One helicopter was called in, but was unable to respond due the weather.

A perimeter was established to contain the area he could be hiding in. Town of Tonawanda K-9 Officer Costello and his dog "Tank" began their attempt to track down Harber. Police say Tank tracked him through the wooded area and along the 290 barrier for more than half a mile before locating him.

When Tank alerted to the suspect’s location and approached him in the thick brush, Officer Costello could hear the sound of Tank getting hit or punched and the dog let out a yelp. Tank then engaged the suspect until he came out of the brush. Harber was ordered to the ground due to a report he could be armed with a .357 handgun.

Harber failed to comply with officer’s commands, resisted arrest and had to be wrestled to the ground.

Harber was charged with Criminal Mischief, Resisting Arrest, Obstructing Governmental Administration and Disorderly Conduct.

Harber has also been charged in connection to multiple robberies in Buffalo and Blasdell.

Police wanted credit Tank for tracking Harber for over an hour and 20 minutes. They say heading into that type of area after a potentially armed suspect, with limited visibility due to the brush as well as the time of day, would be extremely dangerous for officers to do without the help of a K-9.