Watch: Police hunting for armed suspects who tried to break into a home and were caught on camera

DALLAS, TX – Police in Dallas are currently searching for the suspects caught on surveillance camera that attempted to break into a home while armed, in broad daylight. 

Officials say that the attempted break-in occurred on December 16th at a home off of Fernwood Avenue within the Oak Cliff neighborhood. Reportedly four suspects were involved, two of which were armed. 

Three of the suspects entered the backyard of the property; one served as a lookout by the gate, and the two others used a crowbar to try to force their way into the home. 

In the captured footage, one of the suspects can be seen holding two guns extended outward.  

While the break-in appears to have been unsuccessful, the homeowner whose house was targeted by the group is still in shock and concerned: 

“These guys are still out there, and they’re terrorizing the neighborhood.”

Dallas City Councilwoman Carolyn King Arnold, who represents District 4, also carries similar sentiments to that of the homeowner regarding this incident: 

“I was shocked to see such activity in daytime.”

Councilwoman Arnold has been promoting what’s known as “Dallas 365 Safe,” which is a public safety initiative aimed at curtailing these sort of crimes from effecting residential neighborhoods. 

The main tenets of the “Dallas 365 Safe” endeavor, according to Councilwoman Arnold, is to promote neighbors to be proactive when they witness possible crimes transpiring in their neighborhoods by contacting police:

“The bottom line is we must take back our communities. And the only way we can take back and make those individuals who are so comfortable invading our privacy is to work together to report them.”

As for releasing the video of the suspects involved in the attempted break-in, outside of hoping the public can identify the miscreants involved, the homeowner wants to create a broader awareness of these criminals because they are still at-large: 

“We just, kind of, wanted to make everybody aware that hey, these guys are out there, they’re armed, and to be careful.”

Anyone with details on the crime or suspects involved are urged to contact the Dallas Police Department with information or tips. 

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While these suspects caught on camera are still wanted by police, a woman in Florida was recently arrested for an incident caught on camera that involved abusing an animal. 

Here’s that previous report from earlier in December. 

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DAYTONA BEACH, FL – Dramatic footage captured the moment a Florida woman threw a helpless German Shepherd pup off a second-floor balcony at a motel, according to police and reports.

The woman, 35-year-old Allison Murphy, was arrested following the incident and faces charges of animal cruelty and resisting an officer with violence, said Volusia County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Andrew Gant.

The department described Murphy as “a suicidal person” in a Twitter post.

Deputies and Daytona Beach police responded to a call in reference to a woman who had attacked a maid and was threatening to jump from the second floor of her Motel 6 located at 2992 W. International Speedway Boulevard, Gant said.

Deputies arrived at Murphy’s room and knocked at her door several times before she eventually came out with a German Shepherd on a leash, Gant said.

When she finally opened the door, she walked out with her leashed dog, picked the animal up, and threw her over the railing, according to police body camera footage of the incident.

Officers then forced Murphy to the ground and arrested her, the video shows.

The pup luckily landed on its feet and ran away. Bystanders corralled the dog to safety until Volusia County Animal Services arrived and assumed care. As the dog was unidentified, VCAS staff named the dog “Miracle.” VCAS took Miracle to Atlantic Animal Hospital in Port Orange for emergency evaluation.

An X-ray revealed a sewing needle lodged in her right thigh. The needle was removed and Miracle is currently recovering in the care of VCAS.

A petition for custody over Miracle will be scheduled with the courts in the following weeks, Gant said.

Several studies have revealed that domestic abuse, ( child, spousal, elder and animal) has increased during the pandemic lockdown.

According to Matthew Limb at the Veterinary Record:

“Vets are being urged to be alert to new cases of animal abuse linked to rising levels of domestic violence under the national Covid-19 lockdown.”

The warning comes from the Links Group, which raises awareness of the connection between the abuse of people and animals.

It says family pets are often ‘part of the domestic abuse cycle’ and harms against them could rise as households face escalating tensions because of restrictions on movement to defeat Covid 19.

Links Group chair Paula Boyden said:

We need to raise awareness among the profession that sadly people will deliberately hurt pets and bring them to us to get them fixed.”

Since the beginning of the lockdown on 23 March, calls to the National Domestic Abuse helpline have risen by 25 per cent.

The Economist recently reported a surge in demand for puppies to entertain children during lockdown and points to the inevitable abandonment in due course, similar to that which usually follows the festive season. There are fears that this surge in demand is driving criminal gangs to smuggle pregnant dogs into the country from Romania.

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