Armed robbery suspects wearing Cookie Monster pajamas also face animal abuse charges

Armed robbery suspects wearing Cookie Monster pajamas also face animal abuse charges

(As originally published with additional photos, Fri, February 23rd 2024 at 6:47 PM)

CAPE CORAL, Fla. (TND) — A pair of armed robbery suspects wearing Cookie Monster pajamas were arrested at home the next morning, and they’re also facing charges for what police officers saw — and smelled — when they arrived.

Employees at a Lowe’s in Florida told police they tried to leave the store on Feb. 11 with unpaid items and when questioned, he flashed a gun in his waistband and made threats, and she spit on them.

The suspects were identified as Charlie Jorge Perez and Jalina Analise Sepulveda.

They were arrested when police served a search warrant on their home, early the next morning, but officers said they immediately “smelled an overwhelming stench of animal feces and urine.

“Four mixed-breed French Bulldogs were found in cages in Perez and Sepulveda’s bedroom,” officers reported.

“The dogs in the bedroom appeared to have been in the cages for some time and were suffering from Demodectic Mange, a severe skin condition, and had open sores.

“One of the dog’s toes was stuck in the bottom of the cage and was swollen.

“There were feces in the water bowls and cages, creating unsanitary conditions for the dogs.

“A witness told officers they believed the dogs had not been out of their cages for four months.”

Police said three dogs in the living room appeared to be doing much better, along with three cats.

Armed robbery suspects wearing Cookie Monster pajamas also face animal abuse charges
Charlie Jorge Perez and Jalina Analise Sepulveda are accused of armed robbery at Lowe’s on Feb. 11 and they were arrested at home the next morning. (Lee Co. Sheriff’s Office | Cape Coral Police Dept.)

All ten were taken and later, “Perez and Sepulveda willingly relinquished ownership of their animals.”

Perez, 22, is charged with four counts of animal cruelty and robbery with a firearm.

Sepulveda, 19, faces four counts of animal cruelty as well, but also principal in the robbery with a firearm, and battery.

They were booked early on Feb. 12 — first her, and then him 11 minutes later — and both of them remain in jail.

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