RPD K9 Helps Officers Arrest Woman Armed With A Pickaxe

A woman with a violent history was chased on foot by Redding Police Saturday night. Officers were called to a home on Glory Street on reports that 28-year-old Araya Smith was trying to get inside and refusing to leave. Smith is on parole for assault with a deadly weapon. She was on the front porch when police arrived, and took off running when she saw them. Officers chased her but were unable to find her until Duke the K9 got there and found Smith in some shrubbery in a field. She was apparently armed with a pickaxe and refused to surrender until Duke got involved. She punched him in the head but he held on. After a hospital visit smith was booked into jail on several charges.