August 20, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A key witness in a burglary case who vanished for three days - leaving behind his dog and a bloody leash - tells Los Angeles police he was hiding after an attack by strangers.
Darwin Vela was bruised and scraped when he was found Friday afternoon two blocks from a police station.
Lt. Julian Melendez said Saturday that Vela claims he was walking his dog on Tuesday when he was confronted by three men, got into a fight and managed to run off after one pulled a gun.
Vela said he'd been hiding since then.
Vela missed a Thursday court appearance for a man charged with burglarizing the home of Nicolas Cage's former girlfriend.
Melendez says police aren't sure if the attack was related but they're investigating.
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