A 38-year-old Florida man appeared determined to get away and hide from deputies after committing a burglary with outstanding warrants.
According to deputies, Peter Umholtz, 38, ran from deputies and hid near a large canal where he submerged himself under mud and mounds of vegetation after a burglary at Phipps Park in Marin County, Florida.
Deputies had a general idea of where Umholtz could be hiding, but because of the elements, it was difficult to narrow down.
Investigators say with the help of MCSO’s Aviation and Marine Units, Corporal Ronnie Manganiello and his partner, K-9 Maverick were able to get closer to a deep embankment surrounded by water, where K-9 Maverick began to alert.
As the patrol boat moved closer to the area, Maverick continued to warn his team that the suspect was nearby.
After ignoring several commands for the suspect to show himself and surrender, Maverick was deployed on the embankment.
Within seconds Maverick located Umholtz hiding under the vegetation.
Umholtz still refused to surrender. Instead, he tried pinning Maverick against a tree and grabbed his snout in an attempt to drag him into the water.
But deputies say Maverick quickly turned the tables on Umholtz, and in a split second, showed the suspect the downside to going hands-on with an MCSO K-9.
Peter Umholtz, who also had outstanding warrants, was charged with burglary, grand theft, and obstruction.