A trio of scruffy dogs on their leashes.
A trio of dogs on their leashes. Photo from Pixabay.

Two people were being sought Friday for taking a pair of dogs from a woman at gunpoint near La Quinta Park, the sheriff’s department reported.

The victim, a 60-year-old Phelan resident whose name was withheld, told sheriff’s deputies that she went to the park to sell the dogs to a woman, and was met at 8:54 p.m. Thursday by a man and woman who demanded the animals at gunpoint, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Andrew Nielsen.

The man brandished a gun and then each suspect grabbed a dog and ran, according to Nielsen. The victim said she chased the man, but he threatened her if she kept following him.

Nielsen said the suspects left the park in separate vehicles headed toward Blackhawk Way and Dune Palms Road.

The man’s car was described as dark-colored possibly a Toyota Camry or Nissan Altima. A description of the woman’s vehicle was unavailable.

The male suspect was described as Hispanic, in his early 20s, about 6 feet tall with a thin build. He was wearing dark shorts, a long-sleeve blue and red jersey with a hood, and a red bandana over his face.

The female suspect was described as Hispanic, in her early 20s, with a heavy build, bleach blond shoulder-length hair and wearing a purple shirt.

Anyone with information regarding the investigation was asked to call Investigator Melissa Nieburger at the Thermal sheriff’s station at (760) 863- 8990, or Coachella Valley Crime Stoppers at (760) 341-7867 to make an anonymous report.

–City News Service

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