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Forum staff reports, Published February 17 2014

Daytime burglar caught in West Fargo, bitten by police dog

WEST FARGO – A man accused of burglarizing homes here during the day was bitten by a police dog when he refused to surrender to police who found him coming out of a house on Monday afternoon.

Police officers responded to the report of a suspicious person in the 1900 block of Third Avenue East about 3:40 p.m. The 9-1-1 caller said a white man in a tan jacket seemed to be checking for unlocked doors throughout the neighborhood, a news release from the police department stated.

Officers found a man matching the description leaving a home in the 2100 block of Fifth Avenue East.

When the man saw officers, he went back into the house and refused to answer the front door where officers were knocking, the release stated.

The man tried to leave through the back door, but retreated when he saw police in the backyard.

The K9 unit responded to the scene. The dog entered the house and bit the man after he refused to surrender, the police said.

The suspect, Rick Gregory Nogowski, 29, of Fargo was taken to Essentia Health with injuries that were not life threatening.

Nogowski was arrested for burglary and on a Cass County warrant for possession of narcotics in a correctional facility.

According to Clay County Court records, Nogowski was convicted of felony burglary in 2013.