The Middletown Police Department’s Officer Douglas Clark and his police dog Niko were recently nominated to be an America’s Most Wanted‘s “All-Star” for the capturing of fugitive Tormu Prall.
Clark, who is infamous at Wesleyan for harassing Wesleyan students and his involvement in the Fountain Avenue incident last year, as well as for other altercations, clearly has a tendency to take his job to the extreme.
However, on September 8, 2008, this quality manifested itself as bravery. Responding to a call about a man breaking into cars, Clark and Niko followed Prall, who is accused of arson and murder, through briars and a forest to a parking lot near the Mattabasset River, where he disappeared from sight:
Using his powerful sense of smell, the dog followed the trail of the convict until it reached the tractor trailers. Then the dog isolated the man’s location under one of the parked trucks.
Based on the dog’s reactions, the officer found the suspect. As he described it, “The dog was very hot … excited. Ears are literally perked forward, tail’s wagging. Everyone should know their own dog.”
At that point, Clark started exhorting the man to show himself and police ultimately took the guy in.
Had it not been for the dog, Clark said police would not have found the fugitive.
“He had wedged himself up under the axles where you couldn’t have seen him,” Clark said, a few days after the capture.[…] Police had no idea if he had weapons, [Fellow MPD Officer] Puorro said. Still, Clark crawled on the ground and began digging under the trailer.
That bravery, a successful capture and all the work Clark does for the force combined to give Puorro a reason to nominate him, Puorro said — so he did. The next thing he knew, the producers from the show called and interviewed him.
Also, this is my first post as a new Wesleying blogger. Hey Wesleyan.