Police are searching for 9-week-old Angel, a pit-bull puppy who was stolen from her owner during an armed robbery on Sunday. 

A nine-week-old pit bull puppy was stolen from his owner during an armed robbery on Sunday, police said.

According to a release from the New Orleans Police Department, the puppy - named Angel - was stolen at gunpoint on Feb. 25 around 11:45 p.m. while the dog's owner was walking in the 2000 block of Tulane Avenue.

The man told police that he was approached from behind by a male on a dark-colored bicycle who asked him if he could buy his dog. The victim told the suspect his dog wasn't for sale and kept walking, after which the suspect on the bike lifted his shirt, flashed a gun and took the puppy.

Police said the suspect fled the scene with the dog on S. Roman Street toward Gravier Street before disappearing.

The dog's owner said he didn't chase after the thief out of fear of being harmed. He described the suspect as being about six-foot-one inch tall with a slim build, large lips and medium-length dreadlocks. The victim estimated the suspect is somewhere in his early 20s.

Anyone with any information on the dog's whereabouts or the incident is asked to contact any First District detective at 504-658-6395 or 504-658-6010. Citizens with information that can help solve a crime are asked to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP.

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