Police eventually catch a man who fled on a motorcycle, crashed and then ran away on foot early Monday morning.

Share story

You can run, but you can’t hide from Cosmo the K-9.

A 30-year-old man who fled police on a stolen motorcycle, crashed, ran away on foot and then tried to hide, was eventually tracked down by Cosmo early Monday morning.

According to Seattle police, officers were called to a report of gunfire near Sixth Avenue North and North Dexter Street just after midnight when they spotted a man and a woman rushing through a parking lot.

When officers stopped to talk to the pair in the 2200 block of Aurora Avenue North, the man hopped on a stolen motorcycle and sped away, driving the wrong way down a one-way dirt road and zipping north in the southbound lanes of Aurora Avenue. The man crashed the bike at Aurora and Queen Anne Drive North and then ran away on foot, police said.

K-9 Cosmo and his handler joined in the search and followed the suspect’s trail down a set of stairs to a hillside under Aurora, police said.

There, officers found a lone shoe and black motorcycle jacket. Farther down the hill, officers found a discarded motorcycle helmet, police said.

Cosmo tracked the suspect through an apartment complex in the 2500 block of Dexter Avenue, where the suspect’s second shoe was found, according to police.

The shoeless man was finally found hiding under the deck of a home and was arrested and booked into King County Jail for possession of stolen property and two misdemeanor warrants.

The man’s abandoned companion was released after being identified and interviewed by police.