Kansas City police said the victim was in a parking lot in the 1200 block of Westport Road after work when he was carjacked. In the man's vehicle was his dog, Cooper.
Matthew Law was charged with one count of first-degree robbery and was given a $100,000 bond, 10 percent.
Dr. Greg Horton and his family's dog Cooper were reunited Tuesday after the pooch was taken in a carjacking the day before.
Cooper weighs about 40 pounds and was last seen wearing a "Sock Monkey" collar. The dog is microchipped and was originally thought to possibly be in the Midtown area.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
A man is thanking the public after his dog, stolen during a carjacking, was returned safely.
Greg Horton said he stopped by a store at Westport Road and Holly Street to buy some wine after work about 5:30 p.m. Monday when he was surprised by a crook who said he was armed and would kill him. Horton handed over his car keys and the thief took off with his vehicle, along with his dog, Cooper.
Horton said he was worried sick over his best friend and wanted the public to keep an eye out for the dog.
"He's my companion. He's gotten me through some tough times. He's a centerpiece of my family," the man said.
The family pet was sitting in the front seat of the car when a stranger surprised the doctor in the parking lot.
"He pushed me up against the car and he said, ‘this is how it's going to go. We are going to get in the car or I will ghost you. I don't want to kill you, but I will,'" Horton said.
He handed over his keys, but said he knew if he got in the car, he may never see his family again. Instead, he took a chance and ran for help.
Officers located Horton's vehicle about four hours later in the area of West 37th and Main streets outside of a bar. There they arrested Matthew Law, but Cooper was nowhere to be found.
"The plates had been changed on the vehicle to Missouri plates, I had Kansas plates. And he was thirsty evidently and he stopped at the bar," Horton said.
But the story didn't end on a sad note. Turns out a family saw Cooper wandering at a gas station in Kansas City, KS, off 18th Street and Steele Road Tuesday morning. They were worried about the frigid temperatures so they took him in.
When the KCK family saw Cooper's picture on the Facebook Tuesday afternoon, they called police and Horton said he couldn't be more grateful.
"Thanks to all who tried to find him. Great thanks to the folks that harbored him overnight. I couldn't be more happy," Horton said.
He said Cooper has a lot of personality and would have found a way to survive.
"I would not have left the scenes if it was my kids. I knew Cooper could take care of himself. And he did. How he look to you? Perfect," Horton said.
The people who found the dog said they just wanted to get him into the warmth, even though they had no idea who he belonged to.
"The dog was just shivering, so my husband sent picture of the dog and texted it to me and told me hat he was cold and didn't really want to leave him out here. I said to bring him home, we'll give him some food and water and we'll see what we can do," Liz Trujillo said.
She said Cooper was so well behaved that she knew he was loved by someone. The family said they're just happy they could help.
The doctor was busy with patients all day Tuesday, but said he has the contact information of the family who found Cooper, and he can't wait to meet them.
Law was charged with one count of first-degree robbery and was given a $100,000 bond, 10 percent.
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