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Sheriff’s K9 teams find missing man, domestic battery suspect in 14-hour period

WAUKEGAN – Lake County Sheriff’s Office K9 units were involved in a pair of successful searches in the past week, police said.

About 12:20 p.m. July 23, Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy Craig Somerville and his K9 partner, Diesel, were dispatched to the area of 35300 North Nielson Drive, near Round Lake, to assist in finding a man in mental crisis. 

The 911 caller advised he had an ambulance on the way to transport a 36-year-old man to the hospital. The man was described as being in mental crisis and attempting self-harm. Before the ambulance arrived, the man jumped from a bedroom window and fled on foot. 

Somerville and Diesel arrived at the scene and immediately went to work. Diesel tracked for about one block and found the man in the area of West Oak Street and North Neilson Drive. The man was taken via ambulance to an area hospital for a mental health evaluation.

The evening before, about 10:20 p.m. July 22, Deputy Dwight Arrowood and his K9 partner, Duke, were dispatched to a residence in the 700 block of Sheridan Road, Lake Bluff, to assist Lake Bluff Police in finding a man who fled on foot from a domestic battery, police said. 

Upon their arrival, Arrowood and Duke deployed in an attempt to locate the man. After a brief track, they found the man hiding near the home under a tree, covered in brush.

The man was taken into custody by Lake Bluff Police and Lake Bluff Police continued their investigation. 

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