Deputies, with help from their K-9 Bluz, chase down suspect and make arrest

By The Leader Staff
Suspect Charles Minter
Suspect Charles Minter

On Tuesday, September 14, at approximately 10:15 a.m., the Kings County Sheriff’s Department dispatched deputies to the area of Excelsior Avenue and 13 ¼ Avenue to investigate a 911 call.

The reporting party stated her ex-boyfriend, suspect Charles Minter, attempted to carjack her vehicle. She told deputies that he had since left, walking toward an orchard in the area. Kings County Dispatch confirmed that Minter had a misdemeanor Kings County warrant issued for his arrest – for violating a restraining order.

Upon arrival, deputies attempted to contact the suspect, but he instead ran north into an orchard. A deputy spoke with the victim and quickly determined that Minter was suspected of robbery, kidnapping, and attempted carjacking.

Deputies began searching the orchard and surrounding area for Minter.

With the assistance of two K-9 Deputies, deputies tracked the suspect through multiple orchards and cornfields. One of the K-9s – Bluz - found a black backpack Minter may have stolen from the victim during the search. Deputies later returned the backpack.

Deputies spotted Minter exiting a cornfield, and they ordered him to the ground to surrender. Instead, deputies say that Minter refused and began to curse at the deputies, acting as if he wanted to fight the deputies.

Deputies, with help from their K-9 Bluz, chase down suspect and make arrest

Deputies used K-9 Bluz to help take Minter into custody. The dog took Minter to the ground. At that point, according to deputies, Minter struck Bluz in the head and kicked the K-9 with his feet, and after a brief struggle, deputies took control of the suspect and slapped on a pair of handcuffs.

Deputies took Minter to a local hospital, and he was treated for injuries sustained during the incident.  

K-9 Bluz suffered minor injuries and is expected to make a full recovery.

Minter was released from the hospital and booked into Kings County Jail. His charges include robbery, kidnapping, attempted carjacking, resisting arrest, resisting an executive officer, and willfully harming a police K-9. Bail was set at $405,000.

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