Stafford K-9 Titan catches fleeing suspected car thief
A Stafford County Sheriff’s K-9 was able to apprehend a car thief early Sunday morning near the Sleep Inn on Warrenton Road.
Authorities say Deputy P.A. Thomas responded to an address on Barclay Lane in North Stafford for a report of a stolen 2015 Ford Focus. The victim also reported the theft of a Bank of America debit card. The victim identified 27-year old Cody Godwin of Stafford as a possible suspect.
Deputy B.U. Demirci and his K-9 partner Titan were patrolling along Warrenton Road and located the stolen Ford Focus at approximately 8:22 a.m. A traffic stop was conducted near the Sleep Inn. As Deputy Demirci gave commands to the suspect, the suspect exited the stolen vehicle and fled on foot.
The suspect scaled a six-foot wooden fence and attempted to hide beneath a car in the parking lot. Deputy Demirci gave commands for the suspect to crawl out and lay on his stomach, but the suspect chose to flee up the stairs of the hotel. K-9 Titan was released and quickly apprehended the suspect on the stairwell.
The suspect was positively identified as Godwin. A suspected controlled substance and controlled paraphernalia were located. Additionally, deputies learned the stolen debit card had been fraudulently used at a local Weis grocery store that morning.
Godwin was charged with grand larceny, possession of a controlled substance, possession of controlled paraphernalia, drive after forfeiture of license, credit card theft, credit card fraud and obstruction of justice. He was held without bond at the Rappahannock Regional Jail.