D.C. authorities release group suspected of kidnapping dogs and shooting people

D.C. authorities release group suspected of kidnapping dogs and shooting people

Prosecutors in Washington DC have declined to charge four men found with a puppy stolen from its owners at gunpoint.

Australian shepherd pup Pablo was stolen from owners Abby Sevcik and her partner Rick Oleka in North Washington on April 13.

He was discovered in an apartment containing guns, ammo and drugs on April 15, with four adults and three juveniles arrested.

The gang is also suspected to have been behind the gunpoint robbery of another pet – a French bulldog called Bruno – 17 minutes later. Bruno remains missing.

Pablo was held in captivity for around 30 hours, his owners say. They’re delighted that he’s back with them but are turning their attention to the search for Bruno, a French Bulldog who was abducted in similar circumstances

Pablo was held in captivity for around 30 hours, his owners say. They’re delighted that he’s back with them but are turning their attention to the search for Bruno, a French Bulldog who was abducted in similar circumstances

But despite finding the pup alongside them, local prosecutors have declined to charge the unnamed suspects, citing lack of evidence.

Local police have insisted that the case isn’t closed, and will refile charges as soon as they can.

Pablo’s owner Abby Sevcik said that as she was leaving a CVS store in broad daylight, a masked man pressed a gun against her stomach and yelled, ‘Give me your dog!’

A day after the dog was returned, authorities announced that they suspected the same gang who took Pablo, were responsible for numerous other crimes in the area. One of those crimes included allegedly shooting two men just ten minutes after nabbing the dog.

On April 15, the same day that arrests were announced in the crime spree, the U.S. Attorney’s office for D.C. also confirmed that the group was being released without charges.

Sevcik’s partner Rick Oleka described the horrific incident in an interview with WUSA saying, ‘A car pulled up to the intersection and four guys hopped out, all wearing masks, all wearing hoodies. The next thing you know, I look down and I feel a gun on my stomach and the guy saying, ‘Give me your dog!”

According to a press release, three of the suspects were aged between 14 and 17 years old. In total, seven people were arrested in regards to the case.

One of the suspects in the the dognabbing, a 15-year-old, is also being linked to three other carjacking in the D.C. area. A stolen silver Audi led police to Pablo

One of the suspects in the the dognabbing, a 15-year-old, is also being linked to three other carjacking in the D.C. area. A stolen silver Audi led police to Pablo

Despite weapons and drugs being found during the search for Pablo. The group have been released though authorities said that further charges could be forthcoming

Despite weapons and drugs being found during the search for Pablo. The group have been released though authorities said that further charges could be forthcoming

Initially, authorities said that they group were facing charges of receiving stolen property. A 15-year-old in the case is linked to three other armed carjackings in D.C., authorities said.

Investigators believe that the same group who took Pablo, are also responsible for taking a French Bulldog named Bruno. When Bruno was last seen, he was wearing a black collar with a black leash. He was taken three miles from where Pablo was stolen.

The day after Pablo was taken, D.C. police linked a stolen silver Audi used in the crime spree to an address along 18th street. A search warrant was issued and that’s when Pablo was found in the living room of the home, alongside a .45 caliber pistol, an AR-15 rifle, ammunition and drugs.

In an email, Abby Sevcik declined to comment further on Pablo’s dognapping but said, ‘We really appreciate the media attention around Pablo’s story -at this stage would like to keep the focus on finding the other dog that was taken in the same string of robberies, Bruno.’

Abby Sevcik said that she was leaving a CVS after having a prescription filled in broad daylight when she felt a gun pressed against her stomach with a masked man yelling, ‘Give me your dog!’
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Abby Sevcik said that she was leaving a CVS after having a prescription filled in broad daylight when she felt a gun pressed against her stomach with a masked man yelling, ‘Give me your dog!’

Abby Sevcik told The Daily Mail that her attentions are focused on getting Bruno, whom she refers to as Pablo’s ‘friend,’ back to his owner
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Abby Sevcik told The Daily Mail that her attentions are focused on getting Bruno, whom she refers to as Pablo’s ‘friend,’ back to his owner

Bruno has a microchip injected in him but at the time of writing still has not been found.

Bruno’s owner, Jamaica Harvey, told The Washington Post, ‘I’m starting to feel a little bit discouraged. Something is definitely wrong.’ Harvey added that ‘[if they] have one dog, why don’t they have the other?’

Sevick earlier expressed her joy that Pablo was home in an interview with Fox 5 D.C. saying, ‘We are so much better than we have been for the past 24 hours. We have Pablo back in our care, eating a bunch of food and running around.’

According to an Instagram post, Sevcik and Oleka just got Pablo on April 2. Sevick is an aspiring singer-songwriter while Oleka is a lawyer who formerly worked in the attorney general’s office for the District of Columbia.

Abby Sevcik is an aspiring singer/songwriter while her partner is a lawyer. The couple got Pablo just a week before his kidnaping

Abby Sevcik is an aspiring singer/songwriter while her partner is a lawyer. The couple got Pablo just a week before his kidnaping

Sevcik told The Daily Mail, ‘We really appreciate the media attention around Pablo’s story -at this stage would like to keep the focus on finding the other dog that was taken in the same string of robberies, Bruno’

Sevcik told The Daily Mail, ‘We really appreciate the media attention around Pablo’s story -at this stage would like to keep the focus on finding the other dog that was taken in the same string of robberies, Bruno’

In the nation’s capital, robberies are up 58% and carjackings are at 47%. MPD assistant chief Morgan Kane said in a press conference, ‘To commit these crimes in broad daylight is unacceptable.’

DC, whose mayor is Muriel Bowser, is one of many Democrat-run cities that has sought to defund its police department, and seen crime spiral as a result.

Kane added. ‘It is such a danger to the community. It’s frustrating to see people intrude so carelessly among people just living their lives. We really need to get those funded. We cannot tolerate this type of activity in our city, much less during the day.’

It was after that media briefing when the announcement came that the group was being released scot free. Kane spoke about how juvenile cases are handled an said, ‘I don’t think anyone is advocating they go to jail for the rest of their life.’

Kane said that youths who are caught up in criminality ‘should go someplace they can get the help and the services they need, so they become a productive member of society… They just can’t be back on the street to do it again to someone else

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