Police investigate dog kidnapping, assault in Farmington Hills

By: Jonathan Shead | Farmington Press | Published May 30, 2019

 The man's dog, Hennessy, is a 1-year-old, 5-pound Maltese-Yorkie mix with brown fur.

The man's dog, Hennessy, is a 1-year-old, 5-pound Maltese-Yorkie mix with brown fur.

Photo provided by the Farmington Hills Police Department

The assault of a Farmington Hills resident and the kidnapping of his dog May 29 are under investigation.

Police said in a news release that a resident was walking his two dogs at approximately 6:45 p.m. in the area of Lochmoor and Queensboro streets when he was attacked by two or three suspects who attempted to kidnap his dogs. The assault occurred in a subdivision near Middlebelt Road, between Northwestern Highway and 14 Mile Road.

As the resident was walking his dogs he was approached by the suspects, who exited a passing vehicle and asked to pet his dogs, then they suddenly grabbed both of the dogs, closed the car door and started to drive away.

The resident grabbed onto the car and fought to retrieve his dogs as the car drove away, and he was able to secure one of his dogs prior to the suspects getting away, but was dragged by the fleeing vehicle for a short distance in the process, police said. He was unable to retrieve his other dog before the suspects drove off.

“Our hearts go out to the victim and his family, and we’re working very hard to identify who these suspects are,” said Assistant Police Chief Daniel Rodriguez. “We encourage the suspects at a minimum to just turn the dogs over to someone, whether it’s another law enforcement agency or us.”

Based on preliminary evidence, police believe the suspects were two black males in their teens or early 20s, and one black female around the same age who was the driver of the vehicle. Police believe the suspects’ vehicle was a silver subcompact car, possibly a Chevrolet Aveo or Spark.

The suspects still reportedly have one of the dogs, a 1-year-old, 5-pound brown male Maltese-Yorkie mix named Hennessy.

Rodriguez said increased patrols are being conducted in the area of the assault as they actively investigate the crime. While police don’t have any leads on the suspects’ identities yet, Rodriguez said the department is using every avenue to find potential leads.

“We haven’t identified any potential suspects, but we’re continuing to look at any video footage of that area to try to find someone that might have captured an image of the suspect vehicle or the suspects themselves.” he said.

Rodriguez was unable to determine how long it might take for police to close the case, but he said he wants to assure the resident, his family and other residents police are working diligently to catch the suspects responsible.

“I would hate to make any predictions on this, because this is tough. These are unusual cases, so it’s really hard to say how long this is going to take,” he said. “It could be a matter of a phone call we get that identifies who these people might be, but at this time it would be hard for me to predict when we would be able to wrap this case up.”

Anyone with information regarding the crime should contact the Farmington Hills Police Department at (248) 871-2610.

Call Staff Writer Jonathan Shead at (586) 498-1093.