ATASCADERO, Calif. – Paso Robles resident, Dustin Anthony Orton, 30, is recovering from dog bites after a police K-9 took him down during a foot chase.
Orton is accused of shoplifting from an Atascadero Smart & Final grocery store and then running away from police when officers tried to confront him.
Atascadero police say officers arrived at the grocery store soon after receiving the shoplifting report at about 2:50 p.m. on May 17, and eventually spotted Orton who matched the suspect’s description but ran away when he saw police.
With the assistance of a K-9 unit and a California Highway Patrol helicopter, Atascadero police set up a perimeter in the area of Curbaril, Sinaloa, and Santa Ysabel avenues in an attempt to catch Orton who they say was possibly armed with a knife. They eventually found Orton in a backyard near the 8900 block of Curbaril Avenue.
After refusing to obey officers, the K-9 dog was released and police eventually arrested Orton. He was treated by medical personnel and will recover from the dog bites.