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Canine officer bites man; police arrest suspect
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A 37-year-old domestic-violence suspect, attempting to outrun police officers, was outpaced by canine officer “Hoss” who made the arrest with several bites, police said.

Officers said they received a call from a woman in the 400 block of East Alameda Street about 2 a.m. Friday morning asking for their help with an alleged assault by her boyfriend Johnny Calvin Coburn,  described as a Manteca transient.

The victim said she had been choked and thrown to the ground by Coburn.  After the officers left, the dispatcher received another call shortly after 3 p.m. with the woman saying the boyfriend had returned and climbed in through a window.  Again he left before officers arrived at the Alameda Street home.

The woman called the police dispatcher once again shortly before 5 a.m. and said Coburn called asking her to meet him in the alley behind Rocko’s on North Main Street. Police got their units in position and waited for him to arrive.

Officers said when they confronted Coburn, he took off running in a northerly direction across a parking lot, jumping the fence at Golden West School and running westbound toward Poplar Avenue.

Police said he then ran across Poplar and jumped a fence into a back yard at the 400 block of Amador Circle.  Thinking they had him contained, they set up a perimeter in an effort to detain the suspect.

After Officer John Moody found the man hiding in another back yard at the 400 block of Amador Circle, the man immediately took off running.  As he jumped over another fence, another officer attempted to taze him, but it was ineffective – with the man falling over the fence, according to police.

That’s when Officer Bob Anderson’s police dog took over the chase and reportedly caught up with Ortiz, biting him several times and making a solid arrest.

Coburn, also known as Johnny Babcock,  was charged with domestic violence and for resisting arrest.  Police said the victim did not require medical assistance for her injuries.

The suspect was transported to San Joaquin County Jail where he is being held in lieu of $6,000 bail on two misdemeanor charges of battery on a non-cohabitant and for resisting arrest.  Coburn is scheduled to appear in the Manteca Branch of San Joaquin County Superior Court at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 19.