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A Janesville police dog took a bite out of crime Thursday by biting a suspect hiding from police and not letting go until the man was taken into custody.

Fred went into a basement on Cherry Street to find Lynell Harris, 31, who was wanted on multiple warrants, finding the suspect behind some debris.

Harris was taken to a hospital for treatment of the bite. Officers, including Fred, were not hurt.

Police were sent to the Cherry Street and West Court Street area around 3:40 p.m. for a report of Harris seen walking in the neighborhood.

A responding officer saw Harris but he fled on foot. A perimeter was set up by officers, with a citizen telling police Harris was hiding in a residence in the 100 block of Cherry Street.

Officers surrounded the house while Harris fled into the basement to hide. Officer Drew Severson and his partner Fred were called in.

"Harris was given several commands to surrender, prior to Fred's deployment," the police report said. "Fred was deployed into the basement area of the apartment and located Harris."

Charges against Harris included non-support, disorderly conduct/domestic violence and obstructing/resisting.

Bill Novak is a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.

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