Police dog assists in arrest of Rochester man

A police dog took down a Rochester man who police say has multiple felony and misdemeanor warrants for his arrest.

The incident began about 3:30 p.m. Friday, when a member of the Rochester Police Street Crimes Unit spotted Shain Adam Stevens walking in the 2300 block of West Frontage Road Northwest. The officer called for backup, then waited for Stevens to leave a market in the 1800 block of 24th Street Northwest.


They confronted the 32-year-old, who ran south across 24th Street. The canine officer released the police dog, and Stevens turned around with his hands up, as if surrendering. The dog was called back — and Stevens took off running again, said Lt. Mike Sadauskis.

The handler released the police dog again. Stevens was bit in the right calf and taken down. He was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment of his injury.

During a preliminary search of Stevens, officers discovered syringes.

He was arraigned Monday in Olmsted County District Court, where he faces misdemeanor counts of fleeing a peace officer and possession of pharmacy materials.

Stevens remains in custody in lieu of $500 conditional bond.

By Kay Fate

The Post Bulletin, Rochester, MN