A robbery suspect was taken to the hospital after he was taken down by a San Diego Police K-9 unit in Ocean Beach Sunday morning.
Police received reports of an armed robbery at the USA Gasoline station at Newport Ave. and Sunset Cliffs Blvd. around 7:30 a.m., according to SDPD Lt. Darryl Hoover.
Witnesses said a 36-year-old suspect used what they believe was a handgun to demand money from the clerk, who handed over cash.
Someone saw the suspect then get into a vehicle – a stolen Xterra, as police later found out.
That witness called police with a vehicle description, and officers started to pursue the suspect.
Hoover said the man dumped the vehicle in the 4700 block of Lotus Street, running off on foot.
As officers created a perimeter, the suspect was spotted at W. Point Loma and Sunset Cliffs boulevards.
According to Hoover, the man did not heed officers’ calls to stop, so they released a police dog, which took the suspect down.
The man was treated at a nearby hospital for dog bites and then released into police custody.
Police are still looking for the suspected weapon used in the robbery.