The New Haven Police Department had to improvise during a standoff to coax two suspects, who were wanted for stealing a car, out of a house by literally barking like dogs.
The standoff came after investigators said the two men led them on a chase through Hamden into the Elm City.
Officers were called to a home on Emerson Street at after masked men were seen entering the residence at 10:40 a.m.
The officer knew that the first floor was vacant, no one was home on the second floor and there was a family on the third floor who were told by police to lock their doors and stay put.
A dozen officers surrounded the multi-family house.
"He's pretty scared to get back into his house," said Gideon Gurley, who witnessed the standoff. "It's not good for the neighborhood."
According to police, Kwame Wells-Jordan, 20, of Hamden and Norman Boone, 23, of New Haven were holed up in the stairwell of the home.
Police hostage negotiators threatened to unleash the canine units, but the dogs weren't available.
So they had officers pretend to bark like dogs and it worked.
The two men walked outside and were arrested on the spot.
"They were trained. These cops were trained to do stuff like that," Gurley said. "I guess that was the best technique to do what they needed to do to get people out."
Wells-Jordan and Boone, who both have long criminal histories, were charged with theft of a motor vehicle and burglary. Police said other charges could be pending.
The vehicle, which was stolen from Canada, was recovered by police.
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