A suspected stalker is behind bars after he was caught with the help of a police dog for trying to break into a Temecula residence, officials reported today.
Officers were called just after 5:30 p.m. on Sunday Jan. 20 to a home in the 42000 block of Jolene Court in the Crowne Hill community of Temecula.
The resident of the home told officers a man dressed in black clothing was attempting to break in to the home and was a suspected stalker.
The suspect had fled the home before officers arrived, Sgt. Jon Wade stated in a Riverside County Sheriff’s press release.
Alert neighbors waved down deputies and reported they had seen a man dressed in black running across the street and hop a fence into a backyard of another residence.
“A perimeter was established and a police canine was deployed to search for the outstanding subject,” Sgt. Wade said.
Menifee resident Daniel Tucker, 22, was eventually located hiding in the backyard of a home in the 42000 block of Devant Court. He was reportedly combative and refused to surrender to police.
Tucker also assaulted the K-9 unit and officers had to use a Taser to apprehend him.
He suffered dog bites and was transported to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries.
Tucker was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center on charges of stalking, attempted residential burglary and resisting arrest.
Anyone with further details regarding this crime is urged to contact Sgt. Jon Wade at 951-696-3000.
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