MPD Seeks Person of Interest in a Robbery While Armed – Shih Tzu Taken

From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a person of interest in connection with a robbery while armed, which occurred in the area of 49th Street and Central Avenue, Northeast.

On Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at approximately 11:44 pm, a male victim was approached by an adult male suspect in a green, four-door vehicle. The suspect produced a handgun and demanded his property. The suspect fled the scene with the victim’s property including a pet dog, a three-year-old Shih Tzu with silver, white, and brown colored fur.

The suspect is described as a black male, dark complexion, approximately 5’0” in height, 125 pounds, and armed with a handgun.

Anyone who has information regarding this case should not take action, but call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”

15 Comment

  • wow. thats cold.

  • Seriously, what the f— is wrong with people?

    • Training bait for fighting dogs, unfortunately.
      Many layers of sadness and depravity to this story.

      • I’m going to hope that is not the right answer and this idiot was taking the dog for his mother’s birthday (obviously also not a good scenario, but not the worst one). I’m trying to figure out what I would have done in this person’s case. Using my brain, I would have to surrender the dog. As much as I absolutely love animals, no animal is worth a human being dying. That said, I might still make a run for it, since city thugs are notoriously bad shots. Hard to say. I can’t imagine the awfulness I would feel, thinking about my dog being with someone like that. I guess the lesson today is to not walk dogs in bad neighborhoods? Not sure otherwise how to avoid this kind of situation.

        • I tend to agree you give up the dog, but I am 99% sure I wouldn’t give up mine. They’d have to just shoot me. Not that I blame this person for not doing that. I definitely would end up dead because I’d probably attack the guy. Seriously an awful situation. There is a special kind of hell for people like that.

      • That is not necessarily true. A lot of these types of dogs (Shih Tzus, Malteses, etc.) are being targeted and stolen because they are being resold. Some of these robbers think they can get a few hundred for one so they snatch them. It seems to be a trend in the city. I would hope that was the case here. While training bait is also plausible, these small dogs are not very useful for that.

        • people say “trend” about things and i don’t understand. i’ve heard of dogs being stolen for a long time. what makes it a trend?

        • This is so scary to me. I have a rare breed dog, and people are constantly asking me about him. One guy in a car even jokingly said “give me your dog”. Between this story and the one where the dog was taken in a home invasion, and i am righteously a tad nervous. I have take to telling some people that he is a mixed breed.

  • Wow, bad day for Shih Tzus in the District. Hope they catch this terrible, terrible human being.

  • Ugh– this is one of my worst nightmares. My heart goes out to the man that was robbed and lots of prayers that is dog is found unharmed.

  • What the hell is going on? Where’s the crushing hand of the law coming down on these worthless individuals?

    If the majority of crime is committed by a small portion of the population, then the repeat offenders need to be permanently removed from the society that they have lost the privilege to be part of.

    • “What the hell is going on?”
      You have the internet, which enables you to hear about every single crime that happens in our fair city. The more sensational it is, the more likely you are to hear about it. Crime is still astronomically low compared to the 80s and 90s. Thugs are still gonna do thug things, there’s just less thugs nowadays.

      • My very favorite theme, the how dare you suggest there is still a crime problem in DC outrage. You know, when I was mugged and brutally assaulted here in our fair city a few years ago, I spent the entire time thinking “oh well, crime is still astronomically low compared to the 80s and 90s.”

  • So I have to ask because I find the idea of street thugs stealing people’s pets strangely laughable (although disturbing): do they ask if the victim if dog is a pure breed? Do we now have a level of street thug sophistication that allows perpetrators to discern the different between, say, a Portuguese Water Dog and a Labradoodle? I’m sure this is no laughing matter to the owners (and I love animals), but this is a comedy script waiting to be made.

  • We recently got a pug puppy. The number of (young african american men – not judging just giving you the demo information) who have boldly come up to me on the street or in front of our house and said “how much did she cost” has been terrifying. It has happened 12-13 times in the past four months.

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