VANCOUVER, Wash. -- A Vancouver, Wash., man has been sentenced to 20 months in prison for stealing an English bulldog puppy at gunpoint from an Oregon couple last October at a mall near Portland.
The Columbian reports that 23-year-old Jajuane Etheridge pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of stolen property. He was sentenced Monday.
Etheridge was prosecuted first in Clark County, Wash., because he took the 10-week-old puppy to his home, where he was arrested Oct. 21 after a three-hour standoff with a SWAT team. Police found the puppy named Harpo unharmed in a suitcase.
An Oregon City couple say they drove to the mall on Oct. 19 to meet a man who responded to their Craigslist ad for puppies. They say the man pulled a gun, grabbed Harpo and ran off. They managed to hang onto a second puppy.
Background: Stolen bulldog returned after standoff, arrest