Two women arrested for allegedly pushing man over, taking his dog

Posted at 2:25 PM, Apr 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-08 16:25:42-04

LONG BEACH, Calif.  - Two women were arrested on suspicion of knocking over a man who was out for a walk with his dog on Friday and stealing the animal, the Long Beach Police Department said.

The incident happened at around 12 p.m. on the 800 block of Molino Avenue in Long Beach, California when a vehicle pulled up next to the man and two women got out, pushed him down and fled the scene with the small white dog named Chewie, police said.

The man did not report any injuries, according to authorities.

Police said an investigation led officers to a home in South Gate, where they found Chewie.

Erika Trujillo, 24, and Patricia Juarez, 50, both from South Gate, were taken into custody, police said.

Both women were arrested on second degree robbery charges and were being held on a $50,000 bail, according to police.

On Saturday morning, Chewie was reunited with his owners.

The small dog jumped and wagged his tail excitedly when the officer handed him over to his owner, video showed.