Marion sheriff’s K-9 lauded for sniffing out apartment burglary suspect

Marion County Sheriff’s Corporal Alan Lee and K-9 Zeus

A Marion County sheriff’s K-9 deputy and his dog are being lauded for helping the Ocala Police Department nab a burglary suspect recently.

Corporal Alan Lee and his K-9, Zeus, responded to the 3500th block of SW 38th Terrace to assist Ocala Police officers on March 16 in the search for a suspect they believed had just burglarized a nearby apartment.

Zeus began tracking the suspect, which led them to the parking lot of the Residence Inn located off of 38th Avenue.

Zeus then tracked to a car in the parking lot that had two people inside of it, a sheriff’s office report states.

Akyl Anthony Sean Howard

The subjects in car claimed to be “sleeping.” During the investigation, probable cause was established to search the vehicle and the victim’s stolen items were located inside, the report says.

The suspect, 23-year-old Akyl Anthony Sean Howard, was arrested by Ocala Police officers and charged with burglary (unarmed) of an occupied dwelling and grand theft. He was being held on $30,000 bond and is due to appear in court on April 16 to answer to the charges.