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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.

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After a hold-up in a Riverside Carl’s Jr. restaurant and a prior heist at a Riverside Pizza Hut, 28-year-old Jose Felipe Fernandez was charged with two counts of robbery with an enhancement of using a firearm in a felony. Enhancement laws, which vary by state, are typically sought to increase the classification of a conviction to a higher level offense and penalty due to the severity of the crime, or for repeat offenses.

After allegedly holding up the Carl’s Jr., Fernandez tried to flee the scene by driving his car through a nearby field leading the police on a chase that resulted in his arrest after the suspect crashed his vehicle causing it to ignite. The fire from the collision caused approximately 1 acre of brush to scorch before it was contained.

Fernandez has entered a plea of not guilty on all charges, and he is being detained on $1 million bail. Authorities reported that they are still seeking a second suspect who successfully escaped from the scene and remains at large.