A probationer accused of stealing four expensive purebred puppies at gunpoint in Perris was charged Wednesday with armed robbery and assault with a firearm.

Alexxys Octavio Jimenez, 22, was arrested Friday, within 24 hours of committing the alleged robbery in a shopping center parking lot.

He’s being held in lieu of $500,000 bail at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta and is slated to make his initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon at the Riverside Hall of Justice on two counts each of robbery and assault with a firearm, with a sentence-enhancing gun use allegation.

According to Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. Jason Edmondson, Jimenez arranged to meet with two Perris residents selling English bulldog puppies on the afternoon of Thanksgiving.

The victims, whose names were not disclosed, agreed to bring four of the pedigreed pups, which can sell for as much as $4,500, to the Perris Plaza at Nuevo Road and Perris Boulevard, the sergeant said.

Edmondson alleged that shortly after the victims arrived, Jimenez and another, as-yet unidentified suspect, emerged from a black SUV, and Jimenez pulled a handgun on the owners of the 8-week-old canines.

The defendant and his cohort allegedly grabbed the puppies while holding the victims at gunpoint, then fled the area in the SUV.

Relying on witnesses’ statements and security surveillance video recordings obtained from the location, detectives soon identified Jimenez as one of the alleged robbers, according to Edmondson. The defendant was located and arrested without a struggle Friday evening on Robie Court in Moreno Valley, he said.

The puppies were found unharmed and returned to the owners, the sergeant said.

According to court records, Jimenez has a prior misdemeanor conviction for possession of a prohibited firearm.

Investigators are still attempting to identify his alleged accomplice.

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