NORMAN, Okla. -- The owner of a pit bull said she hopes her dog's help in chasing down a man accused in an armed robbery and carjacking can help improve the public perception of the breed.
Lily, a 2-year-old pit bull, sprung into action when the man tried to hide in Kierston Willoby's home last week.
"He saw the garage light on and he immediately dove to hide underneath the garage, but surprise! A 100-pound pit bull was in there," Willoby said.
Willoby said she was home at the time and heard Lily barking hysterically.
"She never barks that loudly," she said. "She was barking like she was going to attack someone. She's never that way. She's usually very quiet."
Willoby said Lily wouldn't stop barking and suddenly ran out of the garage.
"I saw her running out my driveway," she said. "I immediately took off out the front door, and she's following a man, running after a man, about a foot away from his leg and running him down."
Police were also chasing that man and said Lily helped lead them right to him. Police identified him as Andre Williams and said he was still in the Cleveland County Jail on Friday.
"I was ecstatic," Willoby said. "Since I've had Lily, I've been active in letting people know that pit bulls aren't bad. It's how they are raised. If you nurture them, they can be OK."
She said that Lily was come a long way because she was once used as a bait dog in a pit bull fighting operation.