Dutch, a Maine State Police dog, successfully tracked a man wanted by Sanford Police on Thursday. COURTESY PHOTO

SANFORD — A police dog named Dutch tracked a Sanford suspect through backyards, over fences and up a sidewalk to an apartment building Thursday afternoon, where police say the wanted man was found hiding in a bathroom.

Maine State Police said Sanford Police had requested a police dog to help them locate Marty Rich Byrd, 39, who they wanted on a probation revocation in connection with a prior felony domestic assault.

“Marty Byrd was seen jumping from a second-story window when Sanford Police arrived at the residence,” state police said in a statement.

After a one-hour delay, Trooper Zachary Fancy and Dutch tracked the wanted man through several backyards and over multiple chain link fences. Police said the track continued on the sidewalk alongside an apartment complex, where Dutch indicated the suspect had been on a set of stairs leading to an apartment.

Police said a search found Byrd hiding in the bathroom of the Lebanon Street apartment.

Byrd was wanted on a probation revocation warrant in connection with a Class C felony domestic violence aggravated assault charge.

The maximum prison term on a Class C felony is five years, upon conviction.

Marty Byrd

Byrd was taken into custody as was an occupant of the apartment. Sanford Police logs show Amanda Ann Barton, 39, of Sanford was arrested and charged with misdemeanor hindering apprehension in connection with the incident.

Both were taken to the York County Jail in Alfred.

Byrd was held without bail, while Barton’s bail was initially set at $200, a corrections officer said. Both were scheduled to make a first court appearance Friday afternoon at Biddeford District Court by video from the jail.

As well as Maine State Police and Sanford Police, the Department of Corrections and Maine Probation Services assisted in the apprehension effort.

— Senior Staff Writer Tammy Wells can be contacted at 780-9016 or [email protected]

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