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BEND, OR -- A Bend man wanted on multiple theft charges ran when officers came to his home Thursday.

Bend Police Department Lieutenant Juliann McConkey says 24-year-old Taylor Steven Connelly was considered dangerous. "He has previously said that he would point firearms at officers to avoid being arrested, and that's why it was such an imperative that we get him into custody."

McConkey says, in his attempt to elude officers, Connelly took them on quite a chase. "So, once the officers tried to contact him at the house on SE Yew avenue, he took off running and they chased him. Of course, he went across SE 3rd Street and all the way over to the Bus Barn, which is on 2nd Street."

Officers deployed a flash bang in an attempt to slow Connelly, but he managed to escape it. So, K-9 Rony was released into the area where Connelly had fled, and brought him down. "K-9 Rony was deployed and he ended up biting Mr. Connelly and they were able to get him under arrest."

Connelly was treated for the non life-threatening bites he received from Rony at St. Charles Medical Center.  It is not known if he had a gun on him at the time of his arrest. He has been charged with multiple counts of theft, both physical and identity, resisting arrest, and drug charges. He is lodged at the Deschutes County Adult Jail.


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