3 Charged With Stealing Puppies At Gunpoint

April 28, 1992|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,Staff writer

Two Washington men and a 14-year-old Laurel youth were charged with robbing two men of their Rottweiler puppies at gunpoint outside a Maryland City shopping center Sunday.

James Antwon Hugee, 19, of the 800 block of Barnaby St., Orlando Phillips, 20, of the 1700 block of Gayland St., both in southeast Washington, and the teen-ager were charged with robbery with a deadly weapon.

According to police, the robbers saw an ad for the puppies, whichcost $300 each, in the Prince George's Journal.

They called the owners -- one man from Bowie, another from Annapolis -- and agreed to meet them at the Maryland City Shopping Center on Route 198 so they could look at the dogs, police said.

When the sellers arrived at the shopping center, they parked their car near the Sears store and sawthe robbers walk from the woods to the car, police said.

According to the police report, the robbers said they wanted to buy the dogs,then asked for a ride to an apartment in the Drexel Park complex on Red Clay Road so they could get the money.

Before they drove off, one of the men took out a 9mm Beretta handgun and ordered the sellersout of the car, police said.

The sellers got out and ran, leavingthe dogs behind, police said.

Police tracked the suspects to an apartment on Andrews Court in the Drexel Park complex, where they found the dogs and the loaded handgun, the police report said.

Investigators said they did not know why the robbers wanted the dogs.

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