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Twin Officers Collar Suspects After Dogged Pursuits

Among the ranks of the Seattle Police Department, a pair of twins have made a name for themselves through dogged pursuits, high-profile collars and a keen ability to sniff out criminals.

These glory hounds, K9s Jaeger and Ziva—brother and sister German Shepherds from the same litter—both tracked down suspects in two different cases within hours of each other Thursday night.

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Jaegar made the first arrest Thursday after he helped find a man who’d attacked his housemate earlier in the day.

Around 2 PM Thursday, police were called to a home in the 1900 block of N. 137th Street after a man punched his roommate, brandished a knife, and threatened to kill her. The suspect fled the home before police arrived, and officers weren’t able to find him.

About seven and a half hours later, police received a second call from the same home after the suspect returned to the house. The suspect climbed through a window in the home and, again, fled as police were en route to the scene.

Police arrived at the home and called for K9 Jaeger, who searched the neighborhood with officers for a half hour before cornered the suspect as he walked out of a yard near Roosevelt Way and NE 137th Street. Officers took the man into custody and booked him into the King County Jail for felony harassment and a drug warrant.

About an hour later, police received a call from a man in South Lake Union, who reported seeing a group of suspects on the roof of a vacant building in the 200 block of Fairview Avenue N., hammering away at a compressor with a sledgehammer.

As officers arrived at the building—which has previously been targeted in a number of metal theft cases—the suspects ran and hid.

Police ordered the men to come out of the building, but the suspects didn’t respond.

Officers entered the building with Jaeger’s sister, K9 Ziva, who, after a brief search, found two of the suspects hiding in closets and third suspect in a roof vent.

Police also recovered an ax, and backpack filled with a power drill and other tools on the roof.

Officers booked all three suspects into the King County Jail for burglary.