Black Diamond, WA – A Washington couple was reunited with their beloved poodle three days after he was stolen by a carjacker who took off with their 2018 Ford Raptor pickup.
Monkey, a four-year-old poodle, had accompanied his owner to his construction job site earlier that day, KIRO reported.
“He’s on the job site, rides in the excavators with me,” Carl Sanders told the news outlet. “He’s by my side or [my wife] Stephanie’s side at all times. He never leaves us.”
After work on Nov. 22, Carl and Monkey pulled off at a Cenex station on Third Avenue to get fuel.
While the pump and vehicle were running, Carl ran inside the store to grab a drink, KIRO reported.
But when he glanced back outside, he realized that someone was stealing his vehicle – and his beloved Monkey.
“I looked out the window and saw my truck flying out of the parking lot right in front of me,” Carl told KING. “As I ran out the door, there was nothing I could do at that time.”
“My truck is flying by me – right in front of me – with Monkey staring at me like, ‘What’s going on, Papa? I don’t like this,’” he explained to KIRO.
Security footage from the gas station showed the suspect as he sped off from the pumps with the fueling nozzle still attached to the vehicle, KCPQ reported.
Police later identified the suspect as 36-year-old Anthony Chilcott.
Black Diamond police searched for Chilcott and the Sanders’ vehicle all weekend, but it was nowhere to be found.
On Monday, a King County Sheriff’s deputy spotted the stolen pickup and attempted a traffic stop, but Chilcott took off at a high rate of speed, KING reported.
A Washington State Patrol trooper found the truck again a short while later, but was also unable to catch up with it.
As law enforcement officers from multiple jurisdictions converged on the area, two King County Sheriff’s detectives in an unmarked vehicle located the pickup in the 35200-block of Veazie Cumberland Road Southeast, KING reported.
Chilcott and Monkey were both inside.
But the suspect wasn’t about to surrender. He instead began ramming the detectives’ vehicle, leading to a physical altercation, according to police.
Both detectives opened fire on Chilcott, who was struck multiple times in the head, KCPQ reported.
He died of his wounds at the scene.
Monkey jumped out the pickup window during the chaos, but was located by a deputy a short distance away.
He had blood on his head, but did not suffer any injuries, according to KIRO.
The Sanders’ responded to the scene, where they were reunited with their beloved poodle, KCPQ reported.
The deputies involved in the deadly altercation were both treated at the scene for lacerations to their hands.
“Unfortunately in all this, there was a loss of life,” Carl told KIRO. “He made his choice. He had choices to not do it, he had choices to not commit the crime, and he had several choices to give up, and he did not do that.”
The couple’s vehicle was totaled, but they said that having Monkey safe at home was the only thing that mattered to them.
“I’m a very lucky man, because we have our puppy back today,” Carl told KIRO. “He is the apple of our eye.”
Chilcott, a career criminal, had most recently been arrested on Oct. 28, after he attempted to escape and brawled with police as they tried to arrest him on an outstanding warrant, KIRO reported.
He also allegedly caused thousands of dollars in damages to a patrol vehicle during the melee.
On Nov. 13, he was released from the King County Jail on his own recognizance.
“One of the very unfortunate things is, Anthony Chilcott has committed a lot of bad crimes and has served very little time,” Carl told KIRO. “And it’s just disgusting, because this never should have happened in the first place.”
“I certainly hope that the judge will see this story and come to some realization that this has to stop,” he added. “There are too many innocent victims for no reason.”
Carl said he is thankful for the law enforcement officers who worked to get Monkey home safely.
“I really want to thank the Black Diamond Police Department for their nonstop [work],” he told KIRO. “They’re working night and day on this.”
The Seattle Police Department is handling the ongoing investigation into the officer-involved shooting, KING reported.
Both detectives have been placed on administrative leave, as per protocol, pending the outcome of the investigation, according to KOMO.