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Police K-9 bites man during home raid

BUFORD - A Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department K-9 bit a suspect hiding during a raid on a Buford home Tuesday night, hospitalizing the man with minor injuries.

The unidentified 30-year-old was hiding behind a washing machine in the basement as deputies served warrants on the Carrolls Way residence, acting on an anonymous tip that a female fugitive was pent up in the home with drugs and weapons.

Deputies turned the K-9 loose when the man ignored threats to come out with his hands up, said Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Stacey Bourbonnais.

"He indicated he was told to hide," she said.

The man, who did not live at the home, was later cleared of any wrongdoing and released, after he had refused hospital treatment for the bites, Bourbonnais said.

That was not the case for the female fugitive, Erika Lynn Pfeffer. The Loganville woman was arrested at the home on multiple drug, weapons and theft charges.

In the home deputies found a motorcycle, .38-caliber handgun and license plate, all stolen, that they linked to Pfeffer, Bourbonnais said. Also in her possession was methamphetamine, marijuana and several plastic bags containing prescription medications, she said.

Pfeffer remains at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond. She is also wanted in Rockdale County on a failure to appear warrant, Bourbonnais said.