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Duo arrested on suspicion of stealing puppy at gunpoint in Hemet


Last updated 1/31/2018 at Noon

Authorities arrested two men in connection with an incident where a married couple was robbed at gunpoint of their puppy in Hemet on Jan. 16.

Correction: A previous version of this article misidentified the age of the puppy that was taken during an attempted robbery.

Two men were arrested as suspects in an incident where a married Hemet couple was held at gunpoint -- and one of those victims was eventually kidnapped -- during a failed bid to steal a puppy.

Jorge Leos, 20, of Nuevo was charged with robbery and kidnapping two days after being arrested on Jan. 24, online court records show. His relative, Alfonzo Leos, 20, was arrested on Tuesday, Jan. 30 on suspicion of kidnapping, robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and firearm-related counts, but did not appear to have been charged yet.

According to a news release written by Hemet police Lt. Eddie Pust, two people who lived in the 2000 block of Janae Way had made arrangements to sell their 14-month-old English Bulldog puppy on Jan. 16 after posting an ad.

Two men arrived to the home, played with the puppy and discussed the purchase with the two residents, but things quickly changed as one of the men grabbed the puppy and ran out of the house with it. The other man held the two residents at gunpoint, according to the release.

The suspect with the gun ran outside and got into the driver seat of a newer white Toyota Camry with paper plates.

One of the victims chased after the man who was running with the puppy, while his wife tried to keep the suspect in the Toyota from leaving, according to the release.

"The victim was so worried about the well-being of the puppy that she got into the passenger seat of the suspect vehicle," Pust wrote "The suspect then drove off with the victim, traveling in the same direction as the other suspect running from the husband."

A neighbor on the street heard the noise and chased after the suspect who dropped the puppy and continued running.

The neighbor checked the puppy to make sure it was not harmed, "at which point the husband diverted his attention to the victim being driven away by the suspect," according to Pust.

Jorge Leos, 20, is one of two men who was arrested in connection with an incident where a couple was robbed of their puppy at gunpoint. Leos was arrested Jan. 24 and charged in the incident two days later. Courtesy poto.

The husband grabbed onto the back of the car as it slowed down to try to stop it, but the suspect ended up accelerating and the husband fell off, the release says.

The female victim was driven down the street and pulled out in a nearby parking lot where the other suspect was waiting. Both suspects drove away and the Hemet police department was not able to immediately locate them.

On Wednesday, both suspects remained booked in jail. Jorge Leos was at the Cois M. Byrd Detention Center with bail set at $90,000 and Alfonzo Leos was at Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility with bail set at $75,000.

Hemet police officials say that anyone with information about the case can call an anonymous tip line at 866-640-8477 or visit


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