SAN FRANCISCO -- Police have identified 35-year-old Laurice Barrett as the man suspected of robbing a woman in San Francisco on Dec. 28 and killing her small dog when he threw the animal to the pavement, officials said Tuesday.
Police were able to identify the suspect after a resident saw the surveillance videotapes on a Jan. 3 news segment and called police to say that they knew the man, San Francisco Police Officer Carlos Manfredi said. When police produced Barrett's mug shot from a previous arrest in a photo lineup, the 30-year-old victim identified him as her attacker.
Barrett faces felony charges of robbery and animal cruelty, and a $3,000 reward is being offered for information leading to his arrest. According to Manfredi, Barrett frequents San Francisco, but it is unknown if he actually lives there.
"San Francisco takes animal cruelty very seriously," Manfredi said. "If it wasn't for the public's help, we wouldn't have an ID. Now it's just about finding where he's at."
Police said the woman pulled her car over at Leavenworth and McAllister streets about 5 p.m. to look for her cellphone, which had fallen to the car floor. She got out and walked to the passenger side of the car, and was hunched over looking for her phone when a man walking by pulled $5 from a pocket of her sweater, police said.
Roxie, the victim's 18-pound Pekingese, began to bark as the woman came face to face with the man as he demanded more money.
"I'm going to kill your (expletive) dog," the man said before grabbing the woman's barking dog, raising the animal over his head and throwing her into the street.
A car stopped short of hitting Roxie, but the animal was already badly injured. Roxie was taken to an emergency vet hospital, where she was euthanized because of a broken pelvis and ruptured eye socket. The woman was not severely injured.
Anyone with information about Barrett's whereabouts is asked to call San Francisco police at 415-929-9446. Anonymous tips can be texted to 847411 with the word "SFPD." Donations can be made to the "Roxie the Dog Reward Fund," account No. 0100219702 at the Gateway Bank branch at 919 Clement St. in San Francisco or the branch at 18th and Webster streets in Oakland.