Sheriff's Office K9 Spencer scores 'hat trick' -- 3 captures in 90 minutes; B-roll video available


News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office


K9 Spencer Booking photo: Austin J. Kollas Booking photo: Timothy C. Elmore Booking photo: Lonnette M. Denison

High-definition B-roll video of K9 Spencer and handler Sgt. Don Boone (.mp4 format)

How much can you accomplish in 90 minutes?

On Sunday morning, March 19, 2017, our K9 Spencer had his own answer to that question: He captured three suspects inside an hour and a half -- a rare K9 hat-trick.

- It started at 10:20 a.m., when Spencer tracked down and captured a stolen-vehicle suspect -- Austin J. Kollas, a 21-year-old transient -- in the area of 12000 SE 82nd Ave. in Clackamas. After a short vehicle and then foot pursuit, Kollas was captured while trying to run from deputies near the Winco parking lot. Kollas' complete arrest info is here.

- Then, at 11:35 a.m., Spencer located Timothy C. Elmore, a 41-year-old transient wanted on parole-violation charges who was hiding from Gladstone PD officers in the vicinity of 19575 River Rd. in Gladstone. Elmore thought he could hide in a trailer -- but Spencer found him. Elmore's complete arrest info is here.

- Just nine minutes later, at 11:44 a.m., Spencer tracked down and captured Lonnette M. Denison, 36, of Oregon City, who had valid warrants for her arrest on charges ranging from Theft to Possession of a Controlled Substance -- Methamphetamine. She ran from an apartment in Gladstone and attempted to hide in a thick holly bush, but Spencer was able to locate her. Denison's complete arrest info is here.

Spencer is a 9-year-old Dutch Shepherd who has been on the force for approximately 6 years, serving with his handler Sgt. Don Boone.

"It's a rare feat for a Sheriff's Office K9 to get that number of captures in such a short time frame," said Sgt. Boone. Boone should know -- he's been a K9 handler for approximately 20 years. "For Spencer and I, that was a new record -- three in 90 minutes."

High-definition video of Sgt. Boone and Spencer can be found at this Dropbox link.

Photos of K9 Spencer and the arrested suspects are linked above.


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Contact Info:
Sergeant Brian Jensen
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office