Police dog helps capture Franklin man

A Franklin police dog helped officers find and arrest a wanted person who was hiding in a home’s crawl space.

Andrew Compton, 31, 351 1/2 Yandes St., Franklin, was arrested on a bond revocation warrant for initial charges of disorderly conduct, battery resulting in bodily injury and interference with reporting a crime. He was taken into custody Monday evening after he came out of hiding and surrendered to police.

He also was arrested on charges of invasion of privacy because he was with someone who had a protective order against him and resisting law enforcement for not following police commands to come out of hiding in the home, police said.

Police had gone to the home on Yandes Street about 7:30 p.m. to look for Compton because a warrant was issued for his arrest, according to a Franklin police report.

Officers searched the home with the resident’s permission and called out for Compton to come out of hiding, but no one responded, the report said.

Officer Russell Crouse released his K-9, Stinger, into a crawl space, and then police heard a man yell out for officers to get the dog off of him, the report said. Compton eventually came out of hiding, the report said. He had been bitten on both feet and was taken to Johnson Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released, the report said.

Compton told police he was hiding inside the crawl space because he knew that he was wanted, the report said.

He was held without bond at the Johnson County jail.

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Michele Holtkamp is editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at mholtkamp@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2774.