Alleged Escaped Car Thief Recaptured with Help from RPD Canines

POSTED: 1:05 PM Jan 30 2013   UPDATED: 4:32 PM Jan 15 2013
REDDING, Calif. -

After escaping from police for car theft charges less than two weeks ago, an alleged car thief was recaptured on Tuesday by Redding Police and the department's K-9 unit.

The suspect led police on a chase through north Redding on Tuesday morning at around 9 a.m. on Boulder Creek Drive, behind Waterworks Park. 

Redding Police said one of its officers spotted a vehicle that he believed had been reported stolen.  The Dodge pickup was parked on the side of the street.

When the officer approached the truck to take a closer look, a man jumped from the vehicle and ran off into a greenbelt area. The man was later identified as 34-year-old Raymond Rawls of Redding.

Police called in a helicopter and a K-9 unit to track Rawls, who fled on foot.

After what police said was a lengthy search, officers spotted Rawls in a drainage ditch.  According to Redding Police, after Rawls refused to come out and surrender, a canine was deployed and Rawls was taken into custody for two outstanding felony warrants and resisting arrest.

On Jan. 4, about a week and a half prior to Tuesday's incident, Rawls had been arrested by Redding Police for resisting arrest and vehicle theft as well and was bit by a canine. After being sent to the hospital for treatment, Rawls left the facility and avoided being taken to jail.

On Tuesday, however, although Rawls was transported to a local hospital again for treatment of a dog bite, he was booked that day in the Shasta County Jail.

Jail records also showed that Rawls had previously been booked in the Shasta County Jail on Dec. 26 for vehicle theft and driving with a suspended or revoked license.

The stolen vehicle investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Redding Police Dept.