MCSO: Suspect forgets that body heat and K-9 are crime-fighting tools

(Source: MCSO)

28-year old Evvard Rouse thought he had a warrant for his arrest.

So instead of waiting for deputies to speak to him, he ran.

Rouse was one of three people inside an SUV that was moving at a high rate of speed near Kanner Highway and Cove Road.

When deputies attempted a traffic stop, the driver of the vehicle (Rouse) came to an abrupt stop near the I-95 on-ramp.

Rouse jumped out, and ran towards the industrial parkway hoping to find a place to hide.

He climbed to the top of a building and hid under an air conditioner vent.

He positioned himself perfectly under the metal cover.

Perfect enough for MCSO K-9 Bingo and Air 1 to locate him in the peak of darkness.

Rouse forgot that his body heat gives our Air Unit and FLIR a visual advantage.

He also forgot that there is no better tracking system then that of our K-9 Unit. K-9 Bingo led his handler, Deputy Justin Albauer to the ladder on the side of the building, and continued to alert towards the rooftop.

AIR 1 followed Bingo’s lead and located Rouse hiding exactly where Bingo alerted.

Air 1 directed MCSO K-9 and Road Patrol Units to Rouse’s hiding place.

He was taken into custody.

Evvard Rouse’s decision to run landed him in jail on fleeing and eluding and resisting arrest without violence charges.

Rouse’s passenger in the vehicle, 28-year old Shada Keyes, did have open warrants for failure to appear, resisting arrest and driving with a suspended license.

He was also arrested and transported to the Martin County Jail.

The third person in the car was not charged and released.

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