March 25, 2014 in City

Man has car, dog stolen at gunpoint Monday night

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A Spokane man had his car, wallet and dog stolen at gunpoint outside his home Monday night by two men, one of whom is in custody.

The dog and second suspect remain unaccounted for, police said.

Jeremy Neal, 28, was arrested driving the victim’s car, a white Pontiac Sunfire, around 10:45 p.m. Monday, according to court documents. Neal led officers on a chase, and was eventually captured by police dog Leo after crashing into a retaining wall near Gonzaga Prep High School then running from the car, the Spokane Police Department said.

The victim told police Neal and another man approached him after he left his car while gathering his belongings on the 3200 block of North Ash Place. The second suspect, described as a dark-skinned man standing about 5-feet 8-inches tall and weighing about 170 pounds, pointed a gun at the victim’s head. He demanded the victim’s car keys and wallet, then ripped the victim’s shirt off and grabbed the dog.

The victim sprinted away from the suspects, who left the scene in his car and a black SUV described in court documents as possibly a Lincoln Navigator with gold trim.

Neal faces charges of first-degree robbery and eluding police. He is expected to make a first court appearance on the charges this afternoon.

Police are asking anyone with information about the second suspect and the dog to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

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