Sacto 9-1-1
February 9, 2012
Suspect falls through ceiling to audience of waiting deputies

Baker.jpgA man sought for outstanding felony warrants fell through a ceiling and into the hands of waiting deputies this morning after he tried to elude a sheriff's dog.

Sacramento County sheriff's deputies went to a residence int he 3600 block of A Street in North Highlands about 8 a.m. in search of 26-year-old James Baker (pictured). Believing that Baker was hiding in an attic crawl space, deputies called upon a sheriff's K-9 unit to assist.

After Baker failed to respond to numerous commands from deputies to come down from the attic, the canine handler sent the dog into the attic in an attempt to apprehend him, according to a Sheriff's Department news release.

Officials said Baker tried to break away from the dog and crawl further into the attic. The ceiling finally caved in beneath Baker and he fell into a bedroom below where deputies were waiting for him. He again tried to flee but was quickly taken into custody.

The dog was not injured and was brought safely down from the attic by his handler.

Baker was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries and was later booked into Sacramento County Jail. In addition to his outstanding warrants, he was booked on suspicion of resisting/obstructing arrest and a violation of probation. Officials said he is not eligible for bail at this time.

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