San Jose police investigating a residential burglary that left a small family dog injured and bleeding have identified one of the suspects who they say can be seen on newly released surveillance video captured by a neighbor’s camera.
Just after 11 a.m. Friday, police received a report of the burglary and an animal cruelty incident on the 1200 block of Culpepper Drive. When the homeowner, Tony, arrived home, he found his house ransacked with blood throughout his home.
The suspects assaulted the family dog during the armed robbery, causing it injuries and bleeding, police said. One of those suspects was by identified San Jose police on Monday as 18-year-old Josiah Johnson. The other suspect has not been identified.
Police said both suspects remain at large.
Tony told NBC Bay Area over the weekend he feared his dog Boba had died. After searching everywhere in the home, he finally found the Pomeranian mix hiding in the patio.
He said it appeared the suspects went out of their way to kick or beat the 14-pound dog.
“It helps me to know that they’ve identified the culprit,” Tony said Monday.
Boba is expected to survive. The vet bill was over $1,000. Tony said friends and strangers have donated money to cover the cost.