A DC woman had her dog stolen at gunpoint. A week later, he’s back at home

Yurman, the French bulldog stolen at gunpoint in Southeast, has been returned to his owner. Meanwhile, D.C. police have arrested and charged two people in connection to the incident, and are still searching for the suspect in the robbery.

CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE: Members of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Violent Crimes Suppression Division pose for a photo with Jaineen Brown, the owner of Yurman the French bulldog, on June 6, 2024. (Courtesy DC police)

“The one shoe? Listen! I was running and did not want to buss this butt,” his owner Jaineen Brown said in a Facebook post Saturday, explaining why only her left foot had a shoe. “The shoe came off! My boy is home!”

Yurman was returned nearly a week after being stolen thanks to the District’s Violent Crimes Suppression Division, according to a statement from D.C. police.

As a result of the investigation, 27-year-old Raphael Lambert Loundermon II and 27-year-old Khaliah Johnson, both of Southeast, have been arrested and charged with extortion and receiving stolen property, police said in a news release Sunday.

Police said detectives are still trying to identify the robbery suspect, who was captured on surveillance cameras.

Prior to his rescue, police said Brown had been contacted by Loundermon and Johnson, who told her they would “be willing to sell Yurman back.” Brown relayed this information to police.

In a news release, D.C. police said that around 8 a.m. on Saturday, officers with the Sixth District and the Violent Crime Suppression Division conducted an operation in the area of Pennsylvania and Alabama Avenues, Southeast that resulted in the recovery of the stolen dog.

“We’re happy to report Yurman is now back with his owner,” the department said Saturday. “Great work by our members who worked this case!”

Yurman was stolen on June 29 in an armed robbery that took place while Brown was taking the French bulldog for a walk in the 1700 block of Fort Davis Street, Southeast.

Brown thanked online followers throughout Saturday evening, sharing photos of her reunion with Yurman throughout the hot weekend.

“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it! Thank you immensely to all the that share my posts!! I do not have answers, I didn’t care to ask. My boy is home,” Brown said,
“and it is passed our bedtime.”

D.C. police ask anyone who can identify the suspect or has any information about this incident to call police at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the department at 50411.

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Joshua Barlow

Joshua Barlow is a writer, composer, and producer who has worked for CGTN, Atlantic Public Media, and National Public Radio. He lives in Northeast Washington, D.C., where he pays attention to developments in his neighborhood, economic issues, and social justice.

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