Argo The Police Dog Forces Carjacking Suspect Hiding Inside Cemetery Tomb To Surrender

Mar 13, 2015

Argo the NOPD dog.
Credit New Orleans Police Department

Early in the morning of Friday, March 13, a 55-year-old woman reported that she had been accosted by a man inside the Tulane Medical Center parking garage.

It was about 6:00 a.m., nearly an hour before dawn, and the woman said she had been walking towards the garage elevators, when a man — later identified as 20-year-old Karl Jackson — stopped her, implied he had a gun, and grabbed her arms while demanding she give up her purse and keys.

Police say Jackson grabbed the keys, jumped into the victim’s 2013 white BMW X5, and left the garage.

But the vehicle was equipped with a tracking device, which almost immediately lead responding officers to the intersection of North Villere and Conti Streets. That’s when police say Jackson jumped out of the car and ran into the closed St. Louis Cemetery No. 1.

Officers set up a perimeter around the cemetery, and Officer Harold Chambliss and his partner Argo went in.

Chambliss and Argo have been partners since 2003. That’s when Argo, a Belgian Malinois, was donated to the NOPD’s K-9 unit by the Krewe of Hermes, according to police spokesman Frank B. Robertson.

Chambliss is the NOPD’s K-9 trainer, according to his LinkedIn page.

Argo and Chambliss discovered Jackson hiding in a tomb. Details are a little unclear as to what happened next, but Argo ended up biting Jackson on the hand — after which the suspect immediately surrendered.

Karl Jackson.
Credit Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office

No weapon was recovered.

After the victim arrived on the scene to positively identify Jackson as the suspect who carjacked her, he was brought to Interim LSU Hospital (also known as University Hospital) for treatment for his bite wound.

Jackson was released from the hospital and booked into central lock-up on charges of first degree robbery, illegal possession of a stolen automobile, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, and desecration of graves.