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DC men released without charge after stealing puppies at gunpoint

Federal prosecutors opted not to press charges against four men arrested at a Washington DC apartment where a stolen dog was found.

The Washington, DC Police Department searched an apartment in northwest Washington on April 14 and found Pablo, who had been kidnapped at gunpoint from his owners, along with firearms and drugs, according to the Washington Post.

In addition to the four arrested men, three young people were also arrested by the police during the raid on Thursday evening.

The four men were released on April 15, but it is unclear if the three youths are still in custody.

Just hours after the Metropolitan Police Department announced the people had been arrested, US prosecutors said the four adults would not be charged and would be released, according to Fox 5.

“The US Attorney’s Office did not file any charges against the four arrested adults on Friday. The investigation is ongoing and we have no further comment at this time,” a spokesman told Fox News Digital.

DC Deputy Police Chief Morgan Kane said they intend to reopen charges after further investigation, according to the Washington Post.

“Our intention is to investigate further and reinstate these charges … We’re not going to shut it down and move on,” Kane said.

The Attorney General’s office in Washington, DC deals with juvenile delinquency, traffic violations and violations of municipal ordinances. All other felonies and offenses are handled by the US Attorney’s Office.

Kane added that the police department does not yet have enough evidence to file charges.

Pablo’s owner Abby Sev wrote on Twitter that the Australian Shepherd was robbed at gunpoint near a CVS on 8th Street.

“[O]Our pup Pablo was stolen from us at gunpoint outside the CVS on 8th Street this afternoon,” Sev said in an April 13 tweet. “He has a black eye and is 11 weeks old. The robbers will probably try to sell him; Please keep an eye on Craigslist and Facebook. We are devastated.”

10 minutes after Pablo was arrested, the suspects allegedly shot dead two men at the 2100 block of 4th Street, Northeast and committed an armed robbery at the 1300 block of 2nd Street.

The suspects kidnapped Pablo, a 10-week-old male Australian Shepherd.
The suspects kidnapped Pablo, a 10-week-old male Australian Shepherd.
Washington DC Police Department/Twitter

Another dog was arrested at gunpoint on April 13 in Washington, DC.

Bruno was taken from his owner at the 5400 block of Northwest Kansas Avenue, with one of the suspects claiming the dog and other property, then fleeing the scene in a vehicle.

Police say Bruno is still missing.

https://nypost.com/2022/04/18/dc-men-released-without-charges-after-stealing-puppy-at-gunpoint/ DC men released without charge after stealing puppies at gunpoint

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