As reported by Melissa Pinion-Whitt on 06/04/2009 on The Daily Bulletin
FONTANA - A suspect in a Long Beach kidnapping hid in the trunk of a car Thursday morning and refused to surrender for hours until a SWAT team released tear gas and a police dog.
Fontana police received information about 5:30 a.m. that 38-year-old David Chapple was armed with a gun. A caller told officers that the man's girlfriend was driving him through the Southridge area and he was hiding in the trunk of the Toyota Camry.
"He apparently chooses, as his mode of travel, hiding in the trunk of a car with a gun so he won't be seen by police," said Fontana police Sgt. Jeff Decker.
At 8:10 a.m., officers released tear gas into the vehicle in an attempt to get him to surrender. Rialto police were also sending a robot to the scene to assist Fontana officers. The man finally opened the trunk to let out the gas, but refused to cooperate with officers, Decker said. Officers let loose a police dog to help take the man into custody.
Editor Rozek’s Notes:… This makes perfect sense. Haven’t you ever been carrying a gun and thought, “Hey! I know. I’ll have my girlfriend shut me in the trunk! That way no one will suspect anything.” The only thing is that once you have the swat team pointing guns at your head, I feel that it may be a more rational choice to “cooperate” with the police. Apparently the police were unsuccessful with this but the dog had better luck! Those darn dogs are so smart. Apparently this one helped take the man into custody with it’s dog-eat-dog negotiating tactics. I can hear it now: “rooof rooof, bark” (sir, I don’t think you’re comprehending the gravity of this situation), “ruff, bark, bark, rrrruff” (you see, there are many guns pointed at your face and even the dumbest of dog’s best friends would have to realize that this is the moment you should stand down!)… “bark” (I just peed on that hydrant over there…)