A man accused of fleeing a burglary before crashing into a Mesa police cruiser head-on, learned on Sunday that you don't mess around with Jake, the K-9 police officer.
Police arrested Omar Alejandro Flores-Moreno, 22, a gang member, on suspicion of aggravated assault on a police officer, felony flight, aggravated DUI and resisting arrest in the 900 block of West Main Street about 5 a.m. on Sunday.
But it was Jake, a 6-year-old Belgian Malinois, who captured Flores-Moreno by biting down on the suspect's leg as he was trying to climb over a nearby wall, according to police.
Flores-Moreno sped out of a nearby parking lot when officers responded to a burglary of a residence in the 100 block of North Extension. He crashed into one police car and then nearly struck a second cruiser, police said.
Moreno abandoned his vehicle and tried to flee on foot at the intersection of Second Avenue and Main Street, running into a parking lot close to where Jake and the police apprehended him. He continued to resist arrest and had to be shocked with a Taser a number of times before he was subdued, police said.
Moreno was taken to Banner Desert Medical Center to be treated for his injuries.
According to the Mesa police website, Jake is well-known for his "split personality." He's social and friendly when he's not working, but once he gets into the police car, "Jake is all business."
"During his time off, Jake enjoys playing Frisbee, swimming in the pool, and spending time with his family," the website said.