Anchorage police say a man arrested Tuesday night at a Medfra Street residence had apparently been squatting there when he previously broke into the home two days earlier.

The case which led to 34-year-old Jarrel E. Grundy’s arrest began Sunday night, police said in a statement, when a contractor reported that a home he’d been working on had been broken into and its lights were on. Responding officers found the residence’s back door had been forced open.

“No one was found inside but there were signs that someone had been squatting there recently,” police wrote. “The complainant stated he had trespassed [Grundy] from the same property on May 7, 2018.”

Officers obtained an arrest warrant for Grundy on a burglary charge, after witnesses said he had broken into the home.

At about 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, police got a call that “Grundy was back and had just entered the same residence on Medfra,” prompting them to set up a perimeter around the home.

“Officers were able to see a male inside the home,” police wrote. “A K-9 handler made multiple announcements stating that anyone inside needed to come out or they risked being bit by the K-9.  After receiving no response, K-9 Kenai entered the residence and began barking a few minutes later.”

Officers then entered the home, finding Grundy on the top floor. Although he initially ignored commands from officers, he allowed them to handcuff him when he was told Kenai “would be sent to him again if he did not comply.”

APD spokeswoman Renee Oistad said Grundy had been “actively resisting” arrest when officers mentioned deploying Kenai again. The home wasn’t occupied, and was largely empty of goods, at the time of the break-ins.

“We have no evidence of him taking anything,” Oistad said.

Grundy had been bitten on the leg by Kenai during the initial encounter, so he was taken to a hospital for treatment. After that, he was taken to the Anchorage Jail on two counts of burglary – one from Sunday and one from Tuesday – as well as one count of resisting arrest.

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