Police: Man wielding knife robs Walmart, caught by K9

Police: Man wielding knife robs Walmart, caught by K9
Brian Andrew Brusewitz, 26

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Police arrested a man they said threatened employees at a Walmart store with a knife Saturday night, fleeing the store with merchandise, Springfield Police officials said.

Using a K9 unit, officers said they caught up with the man in a nearby neighborhood.

Police received a call at around 11:40 p.m. Saturday with reports of a robbery involving a knife at the Springfield Walmart.

Employees told police that the man, armed with a knife, stole merchandise from the store and left.

Springfield Police set up a perimeter around the store and called out one of their K9 units to help search for the suspect.

The K9, named Troll, quickly followed a track to a nearby neighborhood where officers located Brian Brusewitz, a 26-year-old homeless man. Springfield Police said that they found Brusewitz holding property from Walmart.

Troll and his K9 officer continued to search the area around where Brusewitz was found and located a knife and additional merchandise from the store.

Police said that Brusewitz has a lengthy criminal record in Lane County and was lodged at the Lane County Jail on a first degree robbery charge.

Springfield Police are continuing the investigation into the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call the Springfield Police Department at 541-726-3714.

Springfield Police Department: If citizens see that a Police dog is being deployed, they are encouraged to stay inside their house, and report any suspicious subjects, in the event a suspect is jumping fences or hiding.