SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – A man who answered an online ad for a puppy for sale was being sought after pulling a gun on the sellers, attempting to carjack them and taking the dog in San Jose last month, police said Friday.

The suspect was identified by San Jose Police as 38-year-old Juan Carlos Chavez of Milpitas.

On October 8, the unidentified victims from Los Gatos met with Chavez just after 11:30 p.m. on the 700 block of Story road. Chavez had called the victims to arrange for a meeting about their eBay ad for the sale of ‘Bronxie’, a 9-week-old female Pomeranian, according to a statement issued by San Jose Police Officer Albert Morales.

Chavez flagged the victims down at that location and after being allowed to hold the dog, Chavez pulled a handgun and demanded the victims’ car, according to Morales.

However, the victims quickly drove off and Chavez fled with the dog, according to the statement.

Anyone with information about was case or Chavez’s whereabouts was urged to contact Detective Zanotto of the SJPD Robbery Investigations Unit at (408) 277-4166.

Those wishing to remain anonymous can call the Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at (408) 947-STOP (7867) or visit Those offering information may be eligible for a reward, according to the police statement.

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