NEW ORLEANS -- A 17-year-old has confessed to taking a dog during an Uptown carjacking, according to the New Orleans Police Department. Damont Burton confessed to police to carjacking an Uptown woman last month. He confessed to not only to taking the victim’s vehicle, but her elderly dog that was in the backseat.
According to police, Burton was able to get inside a woman's car in the 2300 block of Burdette Street, punching the woman in the face and then speeding off. The woman's 11-year-old dog was in the backseat of the car.
The vehicle and the dog were recovered later.
Bunton was apprehended at a school early Tuesday. During questioning, Bunton admitted to taking the car and the dog, according to police.
On Nov. 3, Jefferson Parish deputies found the victim's vehicle in the 1100 block of Scotsdale Drive in Harvey, but there was no dog inside.
The Humane Society offered a $4,000 reward for the dog's return, and on Nov. 11, Skeeter, a Chihuahua Jack-Russell Terrier mix, was found by a family on Monroe Street, near South Carrollton Avenue, close to the scene of the carjacking, and returned to the victim who was only identified as Meg.
According to the family, who Meg said did not want publicity, they were walking their dog when Skeeter ran up to them. They called the number on his collar. “I saw his face in the doorway and I knew immediately,” said Meg. “I knew it was him.”
Detective work and DNA evidence found in the stolen vehicle led police to Burton, said a statement from Superintendent Ronal Serpas.