Hemet police nab suspected attempted puppy thieves
By Gail Wesson
Two suspected attempted puppy thieves are in custody after the owners of a 14-week-old English bulldog and their neighbor foiled the harrowing theft attempt in Hemet earlier this month, according to a police news release.
A Hemet couple had advertised the puppy for sale and the two men that showed up at first played with the dog on Jan. 16 at their home in the 2000 block of Janae Way.
That is until one suspect ran out of the house with the puppy while the second one pointed a handgun at the victims in a threatening manner, according to the news release.
The gunman ran out to the driver’s seat of a newer white Toyota Camry with paper plates followed by the female victim who jumped into the passenger seat.
Her husband and a neighbor chased after the puppy-clutching suspect, who dropped the puppy and kept on running. The husband turned his attention to the vehicle. He caught up with it, grabbed hold and the driver accelerated, causing the husband to fall to the ground.
Nearby, the suspect on foot met up with the driver and the victim was pulled out of the vehicle so the suspects could flee, police said.
Jorge Leos (Photo courtesy of Hemet Police Department)
Hemet police located the suspect vehicle on Florida Avenue on Jan. 24 and arrested Jorge Leos, 20, of Nuevo. After further investigation, they arrested Alfonzo Leos, 20, of La Puente, in that city on Tuesday, Jan. 30.
Alfonzo Leos (Photo courtesy of Hemet Police Department)
The suspects are relatives, but police did not elaborate on how they are related.
Both were arrested on suspicion of kidnapping, robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and firearms violations, according to a news release.
Jorge Leos remains in custody at Cois M. Byrd Detention Center in […]