CHELSEA — An NYPD K9 unit tracked a shirtless fare-beater, who shoved a policewoman, to a nearby luxury hotel, where the pup found the suspect hiding under a concrete mixing bin, cops said.
The unidentified 32-year-old Jersey City resident jumped the turnstile at 14th Street station on the A line Wednesday night, according to the NYPD. The man was approached by a 22-year-old officer, but he resisted arrest and fled, pushing her and leaving behind a baseball cap and shirt, cops said.
K9 Officer Edwin Ramirez and Diesel, a 7-year-old German Shepherd, arrived on the scene shortly after and used the scofflaw's discarded clothes to track his scent to the Dream Hotel, a luxury spot at 355 W. 16th St. that's popular with celebrities, cops said.
According to cops, the team then followed the suspect's scent through a side door and into a large room undergoing construction — and found him hiding under a metal bin, covered in cement.
Cops arrested the man and charged him with theft of service, resisting arrest, criminal trespassing and obstructing governmental administration.