An arrest has been made in the case of Delano, Minnesota, dog who was possibly held for ransom before he was shot to death.
Bounty hunter Stew Peters told KMSP that an anonymous tip led them to arrest someone Friday morning in Minneapolis. The suspect is being held on suspicion that they made threatening calls like the ones the dog’s owners received.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, the dog, named Lou, disappeared two months ago from Jason and Shanna Davis’ home. Ten days after Lou’s disappearance, someone named Kevin allegedly called them and said he had their dog.
“It went from how can I get the dog to you, to what’s he worth to you?” Jason told KARE.
The calls got increasingly threatening, with Kevin threatening to kill the dog in his final call to the couple.
“I’ve decided to run your dog over so it’s a bag of organs. That’s it. That’s it. It’s gonna happen not just once. I’m reversing it over the mother f**ker until the eyeballs pop out of the skull and then I’m gonna come back home and I’m gonna sleep like a baby,” the caller said, according to KMSP.
The couple reportedly agreed to pay $1,200 for Lou’s safe return. The caller instructed them to drop the money off in a car in downtown St. Paul. Jason said they complied but never got their dog back.
The story took a horrifying turn earlier this month when Jason reportedly received a call from a fisherman who found Lou’s body off an island in Buffalo.
“I called him right away, I met him here yesterday morning and he drove me out to the island there and ah…brushed the snow off of Lou,” he recalled.
The heartbroken owner said it appeared that the Labrador was shot twice and had been dead for a couple weeks. Additionally, he speculated that his dog was killed elsewhere and dumped on the island afterward.
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It’s worth noting that the suspect arrested Friday isn’t being accused of killing Lou. Peters said the suspect possibly searched Craigslist and other social media sites to take advantage of families that were looking for their pets. Alarmingly, the suspect is believed to have extorted multiple victims, including the Davises.
Meanwhile, a $10,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest in this case. Anyone with information surrounding Lou’s kidnapping and shooting death is urged to call the Wright County Sheriffs Department at 763-682-7622 or the U.S. Fugitive Apprehension Tipline at 612-808-6656.
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