By Michael BroihierLast Friday, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Kirkpatrick and his K9 partner Inyo played a pivotal role in the arrest of three armed robbery suspects in Garrard County. Lancaster Police Chief Rodney Kidd said that Kirkpatrick and Inyo were really helpful and contributed directly to the arrest of the suspected robbers.Around 11:45 p.m. on April 16, a woman, who thought she was going to buy a game station from a seller on Craigslist ended up meeting four armed robbers instead. The woman had arranged to meet someone she thought was selling a PlayStation near the Village Square Apartments in Lancaster. When she got to the designated meeting point, she was robbed of over $300 in cash before her assailants fled toward the apartments.The victim called 911 and after making contact with the victim, Lancaster Police called the Lincoln County Sheriff’s department for assistance tracking the robbers. Deputy Ryan Kirkpatrick and his K9 partner Inyo were dispatched and quickly tracked the suspects to an apartment in Block F of the Village Square Apartments.The victim identified three of here assailants, Daniel Dunaway, 19, Brandon Vanover, 18 and Cassie Foley, 18 who were all taken into custody.According to a press release from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, the K9 was also used to search the subjects apartment and turned up suspected narcotics therein.Chief Kidd said, though is the first arrest his department has made on a Craigslist crime, it is not the first he’s heard of. “We really want people to report these crimes; people are getting robbed. It doesn’t help anybody if you don’t report a crime because you’re embarrassed.”Dunaway and Vanover have been charged with 1st Degree Armed Robbery and are in the Lincoln County Regional Detention Center on a $10,000 cash bond. Foley was charged with Facilitation of 1st Degree Robbery and is being held on a $5,000 cash bond.Kidd said that he’d like for his department to have a working dog but financial constraints on the city don’t allow. He said that he appreciates the K9 support he gets from both Garrard and Lincoln county sheriffs and that he encourages his officers to work closely with adjoining police forces.
Kirkpatrick, K9 partner assist Lancaster PD in arrests