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Marek sniffs out another suspect after assault report

By Stephen Betts | Nov 13, 2020
Photo by: Stephen Betts K-9 Marek and Deputy Tim Davis.

Warren — Knox County deputies, with the help of police canine Marek, were able to apprehend a St. George man accused of assaulting a woman, then returning and trying to get into the home.

John Willey, 47, of Warren was arrested and charged with domestic violence assault, according to Knox County Sheriff Tim Carroll. Willey was taken to the Knox County Correctional Facility in Rockland and remained there as of Nov. 13.

Shortly before midnight Nov. 11, deputies responded to a domestic assault complaint in Warren. Deputies Jacob Labo and Drew Graham arrived and found the victim outside on the porch. The victim reported being assaulted, but the suspect left the house in an unknown direction.

Deputies continued the investigation and searched the area. Initially, they were not able to locate the suspect. The victim called again a short time later stating the suspect was trying to get in the house.

Upon arrival, Sgt. John Palmer saw a man leave the residence and run into the woods.  Sgt. Palmer went to the residence first to check on the victim. Deputy Tim Davis and K-9 Marek were called to the scene to locate the man. After two attempts of a search, Marek led Deputy Davis to where the suspect was lying down in the woods behind the house.

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