Police released images Wednesday of a mugging suspect who last week threw a woman’s dog into the street — killing the pet — after it barked at him during a robbery in the Tenderloin.
Investigators said they hope that after seeing video surveillance footage taken after the heartless act Friday, someone will recognize and report the man who brutally killed the 12-year-old Pekingese named Roxie.
About 5 p.m. Friday, police said, Roxie’s owner pulled over in the first block of Leavenworth Street, near McAllister Street, to search for her cellphone.
Eventually she got out of her car and walked over to the passenger-side door to search, police spokesman Officer Carlos Manfredi said. That’s when the mugger approached her, Manfredi said.
“The suspect leaned over, grabbed the woman’s shirt and started digging through her pockets,” he said.
He was reportedly upset that he came up with only $5 and demanded more. Meanwhile, Manfredi said, the suspect noticed that Roxie, a “little toy dog,” was barking at him from inside the car.
He threatened to kill her dog, police said, then followed through.
“The suspect reached in, grabbed the victim’s dog and then threw the dog into the street,” Manfredi said.
Alex Paul, one of two witnesses to the heinous toss, told KGO (Ch. 7) that the man held the pooch high above his head and slammed her onto her back into oncoming traffic.
After Paul and a bystander called police, officers advised the woman to rush her pet to the emergency veterinary hospital at 18th and Alabama streets. The pooch, who was not hit by a car, was later put to sleep due to her extensive injuries.
Paul is reportedly offering a reward for the man’s capture.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Inspector Elaine Economus at the Tenderloin Police Station at (415) 345-7348. To remain anonymous, call the tip line at (415) 575-4444 or send a text message to TIP411.