Police dog assists in arrest of assault suspect in Lunenburg County

An RCMP police dog tracked down an assault suspect in Lunenburg County on October 22, successfully resulting in an arrest.

The drama began at 11:49 p.m. when members of the Lunenburg District RCMP were called to an assault in progress at a home in Feltzen South, about 17 kilometres southwest of Lunenburg. A man had assaulted a woman inside the home then ran off into a nearby wooded area.

The responding police officers called for the assistance of an RCMP Police Dog Service team, to assist them in locating the suspect. The suspect was tracked by the dog and located a short time later, hiding beneath a tree. The suspect refused to comply with the police officers, however he was eventually arrested and held in custody overnight. He appeared in Bridgewater Provincial Court today.

Following the initial investigation, police have charged Stephen Wade Tracey, 31, with assault causing bodily harm, forcible confinement and uttering death threats.

The suspect and the victim were known to one another. The victim of the assault sustained moderate injuries and she was taken to hospital, while the suspect sustained minor injuries during the arrest and refused medical treatment. The investigation is ongoing.

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