Stolen Ore. bulldog puppy returned after standoff, arrest

Stolen Ore. bulldog puppy returned after standoff, arrest

Stolen Ore. bulldog puppy returned after standoff, arrest

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by KGW staff

KING5.com

Posted on October 21, 2012 at 5:18 PM

VANCOUVER -- An English Bulldog puppy that was taken from an Oregon City couple at gunpoint was found safe after police arrested a suspect in Vancouver Sunday.

According to a news release from the Vancouver Police Department, the SWAT Team was called to 4710 Plomondon Street #14, and after a three-hour standoff, 23-year-old Jajuane Etheridge was arrested and booked for possession of stolen property.

The English Bulldog puppy was found in a closed suitcase, one of the dog's owners said.

The puppy was stolen at gunpoint Friday afternoon, along with some of the owners' personal belongings, police said.

The owner of Aldercrest Kennels, in the 12000 block of Southeast 82nd Avenue, had arranged to meet someone just before 3 p.m. to sell the puppy for $2,000, according to Sgt. Adam Phillips.

The man who came to meet them brandished a gun and robbed them.

"The suspect looked at the pup briefly, then pulled out a semi-auto handgun, pointed it at the victims and told them to give him their wallets, watches, and cell phones," Phillips said.

He said the couple refused, but the suspect took the dog and ran to a car waiting with a driver inside.

No injuries were reported.

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