ALLIANCE, OH (WOIO) - A five-minute police chase ended in the arrests of two home invasion suspects, who police say stabbed a dog shortly before they were caught.
Alliance Police say early Wednesday morning, the men allegedly kicked in the door at a home in the 100 block of Franklin Avenue, and threatened a 71-year-old man and woman at gunpoint.
According to police, the suspects demanded money and prescription pills, then stabbed their small dog when the victim did not cooperate immediately. They then loaded up a TV and entertainment center, pills and cash, before fleeing in the victim's truck.
When they were spotted, they crashed the stolen Honda Ridgeline into a telephone pole on Route 619 at North Rockhill Avenue.
After the crash, one officer chased the driver into a wooded area, while three other officers arrested the second suspect. He was still in the truck with a loaded .40 caliber handgun.
The dog, named Bailey, was treated at Four Paws Blue Cross Animal Hospital and is expected to survive.
Joseph Avilucea, 18, and Kameren Naugle, 19, were charged with kidnapping, aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery and grand theft. Avilucea was also charged with cruelty to animals.
Both suspects are being held on $250,000 bond in the Stark County Jail. One was already wanted for a previous aggravated robbery.