Rambo with a young member of the Medina family.

Sept. 17, 2021, update: Police: Abducted dog belongs to shooting suspect's family

A Mountain View family is seeking help from the public to identify a man they say drove off with their puppy Monday (Sept. 14) as some of the youngest family members attempted in vain to stop him.

“My little brother and my little cousin ran up to the car, and they tried to talk to the guy, and he just put up the window and drove off,” said Reynaldo Medina, 19.

Rambo, approximately 3 months old, is a Siberian husky with blue eyes. Medina said his family purchased him as an emotional support dog approximately a month ago.

The theft occurred between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. Monday, Reynaldo Medina estimated. He said his 9-year-old brother planned to take Rambo for a walk, and the boy paused to put on his shoes in the family’s apartment, located in the 300 block of Escuela Avenue. But the apartment door was ajar, and Rambo snuck out.

Medina said his aunt encountered the suspect outside the apartment. He was attempting to coax Rambo toward him.

“My aunt actually talked to him,” Medina said. “She said, ‘Oh, is that your dog?’ Asked him a couple of questions, and the guy answered, ‘It’s not my dog. I’m just taking care of it.’ But then she realized something was weird because he wasn’t calling the dog by its name. He was just saying, ‘Here, doggie, doggie,’ in Spanish.”

Medina’s aunt described the man as likely in his 30s, he said. The man had curly hair and facial acne but no facial hair. He wore a blue shirt and may have driven a blue/gray Nissan sedan.

The Mountain View Police Department classified the incident as a grand theft, a crime related to the unlawful taking of property valued in excess of $950.

Call the Mountain View Police Department’s non-emergency line, 903-6344, to report information about the case. Reference case No. 21-04926.