K-9s help subdue 2 men suspected in drug deal

Milford police used K-9s to subdue two men they say became combative during an investigation May 5.

According to a police report, detectives from the Milford Police Department’s Narcotics and Vice Unit were on anti-crime patrol in the area of the Howard Johnsons Hotel when they encountered two suspicious males in a vehicle, Karim Harrison, 40, of 183 Scranton Street, New Haven and Harrison Rowbotham, 20, of 90 Grist Mill Circle, Guilford.

“During the investigation both males became combative with officers and had to be subdued with the assistance of two police K-9’s, as well as an electronic control device,” police said in a written statement.

“During the altercation, the males struck the officers and choked the K-9’s,” the report continues.

Neither the police officers nor the K-9s were seriously injured in the incident. Harrison and Rowbotham were treated for injuries by hospital staff, according to the police report.

Police said the two men were found to be in possession of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia. They were charged with the following: Possession of Narcotics, Conspiracy Possession of Narcotics, Possession of Narcotics with Intent to Sell, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Interfering with Police, Assault on a Police Officer and Cruelty to Animals.

Both were held on $10,000 bonds and were arraigned in Milford Court on Friday.