A runaway dog led authorities to the discovery of a runaway juvenile and the arrest of her boyfriend Friday, according to a report by the Grove Police Department.
Norman Oscar Baez, Jr., 18, Monett, MO, was taken into custody Friday afternoon at the Grand Motel in Grove after Animal Control Officer Debbie Tanner and Officer John Sherman were called regarding a dog running loose in the parking lot, the report said.
Sherman stated in his report that when he and Tanner visited with the two males and three females who were occupants of the motel room where the dog was being kept, he identified a male he suspected to be Baez and a female he suspected to be a runaway.
He and Tanner warned the occupants of the room not to allow their dog to run loose, and then they left.
Subsequently, Sherman investigated the situation and determined that Baez, who was wanted on felony warrants from Barry County, MO, was indeed the same person who was at the motel, although that person had given his name as Darran Ray Braezzel, according to the report.
Baez/Braezzel had been arrested in Grove twice the previous weekend for public intoxication, the report said.
Baez was wanted in Barry County, MO for outstanding felony warrants including second degree assault, attempted second degree burglary, and theft/stealing.
According to officials in Missouri, the report said, a runaway female was suspected to be traveling with Baez.
Sherman, along with other officers, returned to the motel where they placed Baez under arrest and took the juvenile female into custody.
The two were transported to the Delaware County Jail where Baez was to await extradition to Barry County, MO, and the juvenile was to wait for her mother to come pick her up.