By | February 3, 2024

A suspect accused of a shocking dognapping incident, which saw a French bulldog stolen in broad daylight as its owner clung onto the car bonnet, has been apprehended. Sadie Slater, the 21-year-old suspect, was arrested on Saturday in Inglewood, California, by a joint operation involving the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force.

Suspect Charged with Robbery

Charges of robbery have been levelled against Slater, with bail set at a steep $70,000. The charges stem from a dramatic incident on the 18th of January, in which a French bulldog was taken away in a vehicle while the desperate owner clung onto the car hood. The horrifying event was caught on camera by a nearby onlooker.

The Dognapping Incident

The victim, Ali Zacharias, was enjoying lunch al fresco near a Whole Foods market when her cherished French bulldog, Onyx, strayed from her side. Noticing a woman – now identified as Slater – holding Onyx and preparing to enter a car, Zacharias acted swiftly, believing there had been a misunderstanding.

Owner Clings to Car Hood in Desperate Bid to Save Pet

In her own words, Zacharias explained, “The last thing I could do is stand in front of the car. I was trying to put my body there. They drove into me until I fell on the hood. I clung onto the window wipers.” The car then accelerated, with Zacharias precariously clinging to the car hood. She was flung off a few blocks later, suffering multiple cuts and bruises.

Police Chase Ends in Failure

Despite swift intervention by the LAPD, the suspects’ vehicle managed to evade capture. Zacharias has identified three women, including Slater, and a man as the culprits of the dognapping. While Slater has been apprehended, the male suspect remains at large.

Search Continues for Remaining Suspects

The LAPD continues to hunt for the remaining suspects. Slater has been identified and arrested, but the male suspect is yet to be brought to justice. The incident serves as a potent reminder of the lengths some will go to in order to steal beloved pets.