After the brutal attack, the suspect pepper-sprayed Munoz in the face and then fled with Baby Moon, Bell Gardens police said. Muñoz broke his arm during the torture.
Although the callous thief got away, Baby Moon was returned to his rightful owner a few days later – after a pedestrian spotted the tiny male dog in a shoebox outside the store.
“They told me it was my dog outside and when I went to check the shoebox, he was there,” Muñoz’s son Jesse Robles said.
Robles told the outlet that Baby Moon was seriously ill before it was stolen.
“It was really thin, it was hanging on for dear life,” he said, noting that four days without his special food and medicine left him sick.
Baby Moon belongs to Robles’ sister, who took possession of the furball a week before his violent robbery. Baby Moon has been reunited with her rightful owner, the outlet reported.
Police have not released the name or age of the juvenile suspect, but said tips received after surveillance footage was released led to his arrest. He also alleged that a woman caught on camera walking into the fight could be involved.
“We had footage from the corner and you could see them running together, so we didn’t know until yesterday,” Robles told the outlet. “It all makes sense now, how did she not help? She was part of it,” he alleged.