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Men Stole Puppy At Knifepoint On CTA Orange Line, Then Tried Selling It For $500

By Jim Bochnowski in News on Jul 30, 2015 4:28PM

Just after midnight Wednesday, two men brandishing knives stole an 8-month-old puppy from a passenger on the CTA Orange Line.

The victim, who was not identified, was riding the Orange Line heading toward the 35th and Archer stop when two men started approaching, according to a CPD spokesman. One man took out a knife and threatened the victim while the other man grabbed the dog in its pink carrier. The two quickly exited the train while the passenger chased after them and got away.

The dog turned up again later that night, when Christopher Abair, a flight attendant, was on his way home from Midway Airport and two men asked him if he wanted to buy the dog. As Abair told ABC7, the men pressed him to give them $500 cash for it:

"I told the gentleman, 'Can I please offer money for this dog?' I offered him $100. I said, 'Can I please have this dog? I will take this dog.' He said, 'No, this is a very special dog. This is a special breed of dog. I will only take $500 cash, now."

He also told ABC7 that the two men treated the dog "roughly" and actually threw the dog to the ground, which caused the dog to cry out. By the time Abair left the train, the men were still trying to sell the dog. He described one man as, "African-American, about six feet tall and...about 180 pounds with shoulder-length dreadlocks, a white t-shirt that said 'DOC' on the back, blue jeans and black loafers."

Police are still reviewing surveillance video from the incident.