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Arlington break-in suspect runs onto Mystic River ice, falls in along with police dog, both get back to shore, although only the dog went willingly, police say

Bored suspect

A man already wanted on various charges in three communities added Arlington to his list yesterday after he was pulled out of the Mystic River and charged with breaking into a local home and trying to carry off some of its contents in a stolen U-Haul truck, police say.

Police say Joseph Kahler, 30, a wandering man whose last known address is in Weymouth, was busy around 1:15 p.m. on Saturday carrying stuff out of a house he'd broken into - via a kitchen window - on Mystic Lake Drive to the U-Haul he and a lady friend had parked outside. Then the occupants arrived home and called police.

By the time police arrived, the truck was gone, but officers spotted it and followed it quietly until it stopped on Coral Street, just across Mystic Valley Parkway from the Mystic River, and Kahler and the woman got out and ran away. Fleet-footed officers quickly caught up with the woman, but, police say, Kahler ran along the river for several blocks until he got to the River Street Bridge where, witnesses told police, he ran onto the ice atop the river and under the bridge:

Officers, along with Arlington Police K-9 Eiko, went under the bridge and ordered KAHLER to come out. Officers observed fresh footprints on the ice and located KAHLER on the other side of the bridge.

KAHLER again began to flee onto River Street and then toward the river. K-9 Eiko was deployed when KAHLER refused to comply with orders to stop. KAHLER then ran onto the ice where both he and K-9 Eiko fell through the ice and into the water. K-9 Eiko did not make contact with the suspect and was called back to the river bank, and KAHLER was able to stand up in the water. KAHLER refused multiple orders to come out of the water and refused to grab a safety line police threw to him. An officer was eventually able to reach him and pull him out of the water.

Paramedics from the Arlington and Medford Fire departments were on scene and immediately provided treatment to KAHLER for cold exposure.

Police say that after being checked out at a local hospital for potential hypothermia, Kahler, now clad in a johnny, was taken to Arlington Police HQ for booking on charges of felony breaking and entering in the daytime, resisting arrest, failure to stop for police and possession of a Class C substance, the latter for a substances that sure looked like heroin that officers found in the U-Haul - where they also found stuff taken from the Mystic Lake Road home.

Kahler was already wanted on four separate warrants issued by courts in Boston, Weymouth and Quincy. The woman was not charged with the break-in, but was also wanted on her own warrants, out of Worcester and Boston, police say.

Innocent, etc.

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10/10 mugshot

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Right? That mug shot is something else...

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Some song titles.;

Footprints On The Ice
The Mystic River Is Cold But Not Deep
Police Dog On My Trail
I Got the Stolen UHaul Junkie Boyfriend Through The Ice Open Warrant Blues

i don't know about the album title. It's an epic, no title can do it justice.

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...that's Frank Zappa's demented cousin.

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or yawning.

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I think it's yawning. His mask looks nasty.

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This reminds me of a song…

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As I ventured into the slipstream....

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This will be one of the "rock bottoms" they talk about in 12 step programs. But these days it's so hard to stay drug and alcohol free. Jail, he'll see a lot of his drug buddies, see more is his drug friends at court ordered treatment program, his mother will be hopeful, then an old drug dealer acquaintance will call him again and he'll be sucked in again to repeat the hellish life and 24 hour a day job of addiction and chasing the high.

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Is that poor dog involved in this exchange?

End the use of dogs in police action. As for the perp, why demand that he exit the water? Wait him out - he's in there voluntarily, and you have nothing else to do, because you're the Arlington Police.* See if the hypothermia gets him first.

*I know one of their guys. Used to DJ at my bar.

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but chose not to, even though it would have made it easier. That could be a lethal gamble.

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At least he got a bath.

I believe I've seen his video work - he's the star of many ring cams no doubt.

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that was cut from Fargo to raise the tone a little.

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Arlington PD said not in this house! Bravo! I see this a lot with folks committing crimes with multiple active warrants. I’m just curious, when warrants are issued is there any effort to find the accused. It just seems like this guy may have been found with a little effort from Boston, Weymouth or Quincy PD.

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Nice work APD!

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Storrowed Six Ways to Sunday

with special guests 'Lil Miranda, and Dead2Rites

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I really hope the police shouted "freeze!" and this was his way of complying.

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So corny

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