Fugitive And Animal Cruelty Suspect In Custody


SAN FRANCISCO—Officers from the San Francisco Police Department have apprehended a suspect involved in a robbery and animal cruelty case.  The incident in question occurred on December 28, 2012 at around 5:00pm, a woman whose vehicle was pulled over on the side of the road on Leavenworth near Golden Gate Avenuewas approached by a black male who robbed her.

According to a press release from the SFPD, the suspect pulled the victim’s dog by the collar and threw the animal in the street where its injuries resulted in the dog dying. Authorities issued an arrest warrant for Laurice Barrett, 36, of San Francisco, for robbery and animal cruelty, where he eluded police for almost a year.  Over the last month, investigators for the SFPD Tenderloin Station gathered new leads and partnered with the United States Marshals Service’s Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force.

On Wednesday, November 20, US Marshals found Barrett in an apartment in Vallejo, California, where he was taken into custody. The suspect was booked at the San Francisco County Jail.

“The brazen and heinous nature of this crime is appalling,” said Don O’Keefe, U.S. Marshal for the Northern District of California. “For someone to carry this act out, in broad daylight and on a busy city street, to me, suggests a certain criminal mentality,” he added. “As a permanent participating member of our fugitive task force, we are always eager to assist the San Francisco Police Department in taking violent offenders off the streets of our city.”

By LaDale Anderson