A French bulldog that was violently snatched during a walk in the hills above West Hollywood has been renuited with his owner, according to reports broadcast Thursday evening.
Robert Marinelli and Luca were on a morning stroll around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday on the corner of North Wetherly Drive and Shoreham Drive, north of Sunset Boulevard, when Marinelli was punched in the back of the head by a man who emerged from a parked black sedan and grabbed Luca.
Marinelli tried to rescue Luca and was dragged by the car, which left him with injuries to his back and legs. The incident was captured by neighborhood surveillance cameras.
“I had a big bump on my head that I had to get a CAT scan for and more abrasions on my arms and legs,” he told CBS2.
Marinelli had offered a $10,000 reward for Luca’s safe return. It is not known if anyone claimed the reward.
Police described the suspect who grabbed Luca as a Black man in his early 20’s who is about 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs about 165 pounds. The suspect was last seen wearing all black clothing with a red vest.
A second suspect who was inside the parked sedan was described only as a female.
Derails about Luca’s return were not immediately available.