Following arrest, K-9 tracks down handgun hidden in lunchbox

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On Thursday, October 12 at 10:30 p.m., Warwick Police received a call of a suspicious male walking in the area of Major Potter Road and Quaker Lane carrying a handgun and a taser.

Based on the description given, officers located the subject on Tell More Road near Arlington RV. The subject was identified as Garibaldi Santiago, 27, from Woonsocket. Based on the circumstances, Santiago was searched and officers located a taser in his pockets but did not locate a handgun.

K-9 Officer Paul Wells and his dog Fox picked up what they believed to be Santiago’s track and followed it north behind businesses, parking lots and into the wood line for approximately 1,500 feet. Fox gave the indication that he found evidence in the edge of the woods along Major Potter Road.

Fox indicated on a child’s metal lunchbox in the woods. Officer Wells found a loaded .22 caliber semi-auto pistol along with personal items belonging to Santiago in the lunchbox.

Santiago was arrested and charged with possession of firearms by a person convicted of a crime of violence, license or permit required for carrying a pistol, and weapons other than firearms prohibited (taser).

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