K-9 officer bites suspect hiding in closet after allegedly breaking into Brookside homes

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jackson County prosecutors charged a 34-year-old Kansas City man, already a convicted felon, with attempted burglary in the 1st and 2nd degrees after police arrested him inside a Brookside home on Wednesday morning.

According to court records filed Thursday, a resident in the 400 block of W. 59th Terrace watched a man try to open a sliding door on the west side of his home. The resident called police. Officers working undercover nearby responded. The officers tracked the suspect to a nearby house, where they saw a window screen had been cut and a window had been opened. Officers brought in a K-9 officer to assist in apprehending the suspect, who was found hiding in a bedroom closet.

Police identified him as Raymond C. Hoblia.

The K-9 officer bit Hoblia while taking him into custody. The defendant was also charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, which prosecutors say is a violation after prior robbery, burglary and other convictions.

A homeowner in the area told FOX 4's Robert Townsend he had an encounter with Hoblia.

"He asked me if he could trim my hedges and I said no," Nick Leimer recalled. "It was odd because he didn't have a truck, a car or any tools, and he's gonna do yard work? He sort of took off running."

Another neighbor told FOX 4 it appeared the suspect was shopping for targets of opportunity. Prosecutors requested Hoblia's bond be set at $50,000.

Officers captured another suspect later in the evening in the same area following several 911 calls about the crimes, which set off an intense manhunt. A neighbor told FOX 4's Katie Banks that the second suspect had knocked on their window, attempting to get into their home.

Police eventually found the suspect in a detached garage and arrested him, but police have not released his name nor have they said if the two men were working together. While there were reports that the second man was armed, officers didn't find a gun when they arrested him. At one point the suspect struggled with a homeowner over a gun in an attempt to steal it, but was unable to and moved on to find other victims.



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