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SF POLICE LOOKING FOR MUGGER WHO KILLED DOG: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco police were asking for the public's help in finding a mugger they say robbed a woman and killed her small dog by throwing the animal into a city street.

The woman — who has not been named — pulled her car over Friday evening on a street in the city's Tenderloin district so she could find her cellphone, when a man came up to her and demanded money, police said.

After giving the man her money, the mugger grabbed the woman's 12-year-old, 18-pound Pekingese named "Roxie" and hurled the dog onto the street, said police spokesman Officer Gordon Shyy.

Michael Colbruno said that he saw the woman and the mugger struggling, when the mugger threw the dog onto the street.

"Literally he just slammed it under this moving car," Colbruno told the station.

The dog died after being taken to an emergency veterinary hospital. Investigators were hoping tips from the public would lead them to the suspect.

"It's unusual, it's unfortunate. Robberies are common, but usually the suspect takes what he wants, which is usually cash, and leaves," Shyy said of the incident.

Police did not say how much money the mugger stole from the woman.

FAMILY OF MAN LOST IN CREEK OFFERS REWARD: SAN RAFAEL (AP) — The family of a 23-year-old man who disappeared on the morning of Christmas Eve after police say he jumped into a Marin County creek to evade a sobriety test is offering a $5,000 reward for help in finding him.

The Marin Independent Journal reports the family of Anthony "Tony" Donelson announced the reward in an email to the newspaper.

In the email, the newspaper says Donelson's sister, Angelica, sent a flier offering the reward and asking for help from the public.

Ross Police Chief Erik Masterson said Donelson bolted from his car when it was stopped.

Officers saw him climb a nearby fence and jump into Corte Madera Creek, which was swollen from recent storms.

Using flashlights, officers followed Donelson as he swam in the creek, but eventually lost sight of him.