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Dognapping Duo Steals 2 Puppies from Woman’s Arms

Two men are facing robbery charges after a woman who was carrying her two pedigree puppies through a Riverside mall parking lot was allegedly approached by them and assaulted before they took her dogs from her.

On July 28, just before 7:30 pm, a woman was escorting her two young English bulldogs in her arms while walking through the Hemet Valley Mall parking lot. She was reportedly approached by two men that told her to give them her dogs. When she would not comply it is purported that the men pushed the woman down to the ground and stole the puppies from her.

20-year-old Samuel Ramirez who is one of the two men that the authorities suspect was involved in the incident turned himself in at the Temecula California Highway Patrol office three days after the dogs were taken. He was placed in custody and detained for his alleged involvement and he is facing charges of robbery, conspiracy to commit a felony, and probation violation. He was released after posting a bond in the amount of $50,000 and he has a scheduled court date of September 21.

The second suspect, 18-year-old Sergio Ramirez, was taken into custody the following day when police located him during their investigation. He is also facing robbery, and conspiracy to commit a felony charges and he was jailed at the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in lieu of a $35,000 bond.

When both of the men were asked to provide the location of the puppies they allegedly refused to disclose their whereabouts, but the authorities found them inside of a room at the Sun City Motel on Thursday. Both of the dogs, which are each said to hold a value of up to $4,500, were in good condition when they were discovered, and they were given back to their owner.

If you or someone you love is suspected of robbery, contact Orange County criminal defense lawyer Staycie R. Sena at (949) 477-8088 for a consultation now.

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