Johnny Matos says he was taking his dog, Bugsy, out for his regular nightly walk Thursday around 9 p.m. near Hiawassee Road in Orlando when he noticed a car that he believes was a silver Audi driving around them a number of times.As he and Bugsy were making their way back home, Matos says he say the Audi park up the road, then saw a man approach them.“As he gets close to me, he pulls a gun and says ‘I’ll pop you. Give me your dog,’” Matos said.Matos says he was faced with a life-changing decision.“You think about it for a minute, do you give a dog up … or do you wrestle with him? So I went ahead and handed over my dog. He grabbed him and ran and I guess the car must’ve been waiting for him around the corner,” Matos said.He says the man who took his dog kept his gun pointed at him until he got back to the vehicle.Meanwhile, Matos ducked behind a car to call 9-1-1.Officials with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office confirmed and say the suspect who was armed with a handgun was able to leave the scene. Now, it’s just a matter of finding Bugsy and bringing the family’s companion back home. “That’s my wife’s COVID pet that we bought her. That was a gift to her so she could have somebody when she was at home, working from home, so the bond with my wife and dog is just tremendous,” Matos said.Bugsy is a French bulldog and responds well to his name. Anyone with any information is asked to call law enforcement.

Johnny Matos says he was taking his dog, Bugsy, out for his regular nightly walk Thursday around 9 p.m. near Hiawassee Road in Orlando when he noticed a car that he believes was a silver Audi driving around them a number of times.

As he and Bugsy were making their way back home, Matos says he say the Audi park up the road, then saw a man approach them.

“As he gets close to me, he pulls a gun and says ‘I’ll pop you. Give me your dog,’” Matos said.

Matos says he was faced with a life-changing decision.

“You think about it for a minute, do you give a dog up … or do you wrestle with him? So I went ahead and handed over my dog. He grabbed him and ran and I guess the car must’ve been waiting for him around the corner,” Matos said.

He says the man who took his dog kept his gun pointed at him until he got back to the vehicle.

Meanwhile, Matos ducked behind a car to call 9-1-1.

Officials with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office confirmed and say the suspect who was armed with a handgun was able to leave the scene.

Now, it’s just a matter of finding Bugsy and bringing the family’s companion back home.

“That’s my wife’s COVID pet that we bought her. That was a gift to her so she could have somebody when she was at home, working from home, so the bond with my wife and dog is just tremendous,” Matos said.

Bugsy is a French bulldog and responds well to his name.

Anyone with any information is asked to call law enforcement.

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