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15-year-old arrested in armed theft of 2 French bulldogs on 6th Street Bridge

Two French bulldogs on leashes
Two people were walking their dogs in Boyle Heights early Nov. 12 when someone pointed a pistol at them, took the two dogs and fled in a vehicle, according to the LAPD. Above, unrelated photo of two French bulldogs at the Museum of the Dog in New York.
(Richard Drew / Associated Press)

A 15-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of an armed robbery in Boyle Heights during which two French bulldogs were stolen, Los Angeles police said Tuesday.

The robbery occurred around 12:30 a.m. Nov. 12 as two people were walking their dogs along the 6th Street Bridge.

They were approached by a male suspect who pointed a pistol at the victims, took the two dogs and fled in a vehicle, police said.

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The suspect, whose name was not released because he is a juvenile, was arrested Nov. 16, but the bulldogs have not been found, according to the LAPD.

The former couple were conducting a custody exchange in Moreno Valley when authorities say Salvador Velasquez shot the mother and the grandmother of his twin sons.

The 15-year-old was charged with two counts of armed robbery Friday in juvenile court by the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office, police said.

French bulldogs, which can fetch a high price on the black market, have been targeted in a string of L.A.-area robberies in recent years. In the most high-profile case, two of Lady Gaga’s bulldogs were taken in February 2021 after men jumped out of a car in Hollywood and shot her dog walker in the chest.


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