Man tries to violently steal woman’s French bulldog in Financial District


FINANCIAL DISTRICT, Manhattan (WABC) — Police in Manhattan are searching for the man who violently tried to steal a woman’s French bulldog from her.

It happened back on June 21 at 2:46 p.m. on Broadway in the Financial District.

The man followed the victim, a 29-year-old woman from Brooklyn, into the same partition of a revolving door at an office building.

At first, he bent down to pet the dog, but then suddenly attempted to take the dog from the woman.

The victim fought back, but during the struggle to hold onto her dog, her head was slammed against the glass door.

The man fled the building.

The dog was not injured. The woman was taken to an area hospital for treatment of a concussion and bruising to her head.

The victim later released a statement to Eyewitness News: “I’m so thankful that my dog and I made it through the attack. We are safe now and in the process of healing. I would have been devastated to lose her. She is part of our family. I’m quite proud of how I handled the situation. I stood up for myself and kept my dog safe – I don’t think they were expecting that. I’ve taken a few self defense courses throughout my life, and I used every bit of that knowledge to protect myself and my pup. I would strongly encourage everyone to sign up for a self defense course.

“The outpouring of love and support from my community has been overwhelming. I’m so thankful for all my family, friends and coworkers, along with the wonderful security, medical, and detective teams who have helped me. I also want to mention all the strangers who ran to help when they realized something was wrong. One unkind act was immediately met with hundreds of kind ones.”

Police say French bulldogs are a popular breed and are one of the most expensive, which is why owners are targeted.

Dog owners have a strong message to people who are trying to commit an attempted robbery like this.

“Go steal something else, not someone’s love of their life. These are like our children,” said Tyler Muray.

Muray said seeing the video of the attempted dog robbery was shocking, but not surprising.

“They go anywhere from $1,000 to $30,000,” he said.

“I’m close to her age, I’m 26, and I have a dog too. So I can relate to that story, and I would be devastated. I’m sorry that happened to her,” said Valarie Moscoso. “Too many dog lovers out here in New York City, so he won’t get too far.”

“I just thought it was crazy. That it happened so close to where we live,” Muray said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

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