Laurice Barrett, 35, wanted for robbing woman, killing her dog
SAN FRANCISCO —
San Francisco Police identified a robbery suspect Tuesday who reportedly mugged a woman and killed her dog in the city’s Tenderloin District back in December.
Investigators released a photo of 35-year-old Laurice Barrett on the San Francisco Police Department's website Tuesday, stating he was wanted for robbery and animal cruelty.
The incident occurred on Dec. 28, after the 30-year-old victim pulled over in the first block of Leavenworth St around 5 p.m. to use her cellphone, according to San Francisco Police.
"I knew it wasn't the best area, but I felt safe because it was daylight still,” said the victim, who spoke to KTVU but wished to remain anonymous.
The victim had exited her car and walked over to her passenger side door when, police say, Barrett leaned over her, grabbed her shirt and started digging through her pockets.
"He then grabbed me by my jacket, pushed me towards the car and said ‘I'm going to take your F-ing money,’” she said.
Barrett reportedly stole $5 from her jacket and another $120 in Christmas money she had inside the car
After finding a small amount of money, Barrett allegedly demanded more from her, at which point Roxy, the victim's 12-year-old Pekinese dog started barking in the back seat.
“He said, ‘I'm going to kill your F-ing dog,’” she said.
Barrett then reached into the car, grabbed the dog and threw it onto the street in front of a car before running away, according to the victim.
A witness who was driving into the city for an early dinner with his partner they saw the woman and a man struggling at the side of the road and stopped to help.
"First thing we heard is, ‘I'm going to kill your dog,’ and then he just slammed it under this moving car!" said the witness. “I heard the impact of her little body hit and [the victim] screamed."
Roxy was rushed to a veterinarian, but her injuries were so severe she had to be put down.
The victim later told KTVU that she rescued Roxy from a shelter two years before and became extremely close with her, saying that Roxy slept at the bottom of her bed each night and that she loved the little dog more than anything.
Surveillance footage captured Barrett, running away, and police posted the video and still photos from the footage on the department's website, which led to Barrett being identified as the suspect, according to police.
Anyone with information about the case was asked to call Inspector Economus from the department's Tenderloin Station at (415) 345-7348. People wishing to remain anonymous can call a tip line at (415) 575-4444 or send a tip by text message to TIP411 with "SFPD" in the message.
A reward for information on Barrett, started by Colbruno and his partner, had grown to a total of $3,000 just days later. Others can donate to the "Roxy the dog Reward" at the Gateway Bank in San Francisco.
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