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K-9 "Duke" Apprehends Burglary Suspect Hidden in Backyard

Post Date:11/21/2017 12:04 PM

Sgt. Dan Suttles, Media Relations
818-548-3140 (office)
818-484-1089 (cell)

Glendale, CA - On Friday, November 17, 2017, Glendale officers responded to a commercial burglary that just occurred in the 600 block of North Pacific in the City of Glendale.  Upon arrival, an officer located a suspect who matched the description of one of the burglary suspects.  Upon seeing the officer, the male suspect immediately fled on foot and hid within a residential neighborhood.  Responding officers established a perimeter to contain the area.  Two local schools were placed on “lock down” during the search as a precaution for the safety of the students and staff.

Multiple resources responded in order to help search for the suspect, including the Pasadena Police Department airship and two Glendale Police K-9 teams.  The police systematically searched multiple residential properties in order to locate the suspect. Through investigative means, the suspect was identified as 24 year old Joel Cotrina of Glendale, a parolee, who had served time in prison for burglary. While searching a residential property, Officer Matt Wilson and his K-9 partner, Duke, located and apprehended the suspect, who was hiding on the back porch of an occupied residence. 

Further investigation revealed a female companion, identified as 19 year old Tyler Lynn Calvillo of Los Angeles, was also involved in the burglary.

Officers located the stolen items from the burglary in the suspect’s vehicle and in bushes near the burglary scene.

Both Cotrina and Calvillo were placed under arrest and booked for burglary. Cotrina was also booked for evading and domestic violence for an incident that was reported to the Glendale Police Department on November 16th.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Glendale Police Department at 818-548-4911.                             

         Joel Cotrina DOB: 12/16/92                                     Tyler Lynn Calvillo DOB: 12/18/97

    Cotrina, Joel                               Calvillo, Tyler


Officer Matt Wilson and Duke have been partners for nearly two years.  Duke is a 4 year-old Belgian Malinois trained to search for hidden suspects, evidence, and narcotics.

               K-9 Duke



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