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Affidavit: K-9 stabbing suspect was wanted for assaulting woman

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Jacky Karuo, in court Wednesday Jacky Karuo, in court Wednesday
Officer Jack Anderson and K-9 Ike (Photo: Vancouver PD) Officer Jack Anderson and K-9 Ike (Photo: Vancouver PD)

A man accused of assaulting a woman provided a false name to officers, attempted to run away and then repeatedly stabbed a Vancouver K-9 that tracked him down, according to court documents. The police dog later died at the hospital. 

Jacky Karuo, 25, made his first court appearance Wednesday morning on multiple charges including harming a police dog and criminal impersonation.

A probable cause affidavit states officers contacted Karuo near Fruit Valley Road and LaFrambois Road at 5:19 p.m. Tuesday.

Police said he provided the false name of "Boise Karuo" with a birthdate of Sept. 1, 1990. Another officer overheard the radio traffic and advised the officer at the scene about a wanted assault suspect named Jacky Chan Karuo with that date of birth, court documents state.  

The officer told Karuo to place his hands behind his back, according to a probable cause affidavit, but Karuo ran away. Vancouver Police Department K-9 Ike was deployed, tracked down Karuo and bit his leg.

At that point, Karuo stabbed Ike multiple times in the head, neck and chest, the affidavit states.

Officers used a stun gun on Karuo and took him into custody.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Karuo is accused of assaulting a woman Monday by punching her in the stomach, chest and mouth, as well as biting her arm and scratching her eye.

Police said Karuo fled the assault scene prior to officers arriving Monday.

Ike was rushed to DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital on Tuesday. Ike's blood type was already on file in case of an emergency.

Veterinarians said Ike initially seemed stable post-operation, but due to the initial severity of his blood loss, and in spite of multiple transfusions, his ability to clot his own blood was compromised.

After going into cardiac arrest for a second time, the surgeon once again opened the dog's chest and got his heart beating. However, his blood pressure dropped a third time and he went into systemic organ failure.

"At this point, his partner Officer Anderson made the difficult decision to end treatment and humanely euthanize him," DoveLewis reported.

Ike's handler was Officer Jack Anderson.

A statement from DoveLewis on Wednesday said, "Ike gave his life protecting the citizens of Vancouver, and he will be deeply missed."

Prosecutors are looking into the possibility of additional charges against Karuo. He was being held without bail Tuesday in connection to a separate case on the charge of possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

Karuo had an interpreter in court Wednesday speaking Trukese.

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