Beaverton Police K-9 catches two suspects within an hour

Beaverton Police K-9 Malietoa (AKA Toa)

BEAVERTON, Ore. – A police K-9 tracked down a suspect who is accused of going into a woman’s apartment in Beaverton and exposing himself as she slept, police officials said.

K-9 Malietoa (or ‘Toa, for short) is named for the Samoan word for “brave warrior.”

Toa lived up to his name on Tuesday night, officials said, when he and his partner Officer Jered Lutu tracked down two suspects sought in unrelated home invasion crimes -all within the span of 45 minutes.

One of the suspects is accused of trying to sneak into a woman’s apartment. The woman tells KATU news she asked the man to leave and he “exposed himself to her.”

"She thought he could have a weapon or something, because the window was open and she was falling asleep," the victim's friend said, translating her words in to English. "She heard him talking and that's why she stood up."

The victim tells KATU News she was grossed out after the burglar exposed himself.

Toa managed to apprehend the suspect a mile away after responding to a call that a man had broken in to two unoccupied apartments near Beaverton High School.

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