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Division Chief Mike Dudlo of the Burbank Police department said the 32-year-old victim was walking in the 7900 block of Newcastle Avenue around 9 p.m. on Oct. 5, when he was approached by three men.
One of the suspects was armed with a semi-automatic handgun and another was armed with what was described as a shotgun style rifle, according to Dudlo.
The victim told police the suspects demanded money and threatened to shoot his dog if he did not comply.
“The victim attempted to cover his dog with his own body on the ground. One of the offenders then struck the victim in the face with an unknown object while the other removed the victim’s wallet from his pants,” Dudlo said.
The suspects, described as black males between 25-30 years old, entered a dark-colored four-door sedan and fled southbound on Newcastle Avenue at a high rate of speed.
Dudlo said the victim received a minor laceration and bruising to his face. His pet was not injured.