Attempted service dog-napping in Pickering leaves victim with stab wounds and suspects on the run

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Published January 26, 2024 at 3:14 pm

Durham police

An attempting service dog-napping in Pickering on Saturday afternoon turned into a stabbing that left a man with minor injuries – but still with his dog.

Toronto Police tipped off Durham officers of the attempted robbery after the victim drove himself to a Toronto hospital after he was stabbed during the altercation, which took place in a wooded area in Pickering between noon and 2 p.m.

The victim had parked his car to let his service dog urinate when he was approached by two men exiting a black, older model Ford F-150.

The men brandished knives and demanded the victim’s dog, police said. A fight ensued and the victim was stabbed in the leg, but the two suspects were unsuccessful in taking the service dog and fled the area.

The victim contacted police from hospital.

Suspect #1 is described as white, 30-40 years old with a slim build, dark shoulder length hair and a dark beard.  He was wearing a dark coloured shirt, dark coloured jeans, and black construction boots.

The second suspect is described as white, about 6’1” and also in his thirties with a slim build. He has red hair and a long red beard and was wearing a burgundy construction jacket, black construction pants, and black construction boots.

The suspect vehicle had tinted windows and large 20” tires.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact D/Cst. Broome of the West Division Criminal Investigations Branch at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 2871.

Anonymous information can be sent to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca.

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