Man accused of driving getaway vehicle after hatchet attack faces judge

EL CAJON, Calif. - A man who police believe drove the getaway vehicle after a violent hatchet attack on the owner of a jewelry store in El Cajon faced a judge on Tuesday.

Ali Toombs is accused of being the getaway driver and accomplice in a robbery that occurred at the store in El Cajon. Prosecutors say he agreed to rob Hamlin's Jewelry while his friend Travis Kelley went inside and attacked the store owner with a hatchet. 

In surveillance video obtained by 10News, Kelley is allegedly seen running away from the store. Prosecutors say he snapped after trying to use someone else's credit card that was declined.

"There is security video that does show him working in his store and conducting his business before he was attacked by surprise by Mr. Kelley," said prosecutor Gordon Paul Davis.

Police say Kelley went back three times, repeatedly fracturing the man's skull. The 75-year-old owner even tried to fight back with his gun.

"He tried arming himself with a handgun that he had on his person but that was after he had been struck on the head at least three times by the hatchet and he was stunned. He could not respond as quickly and the younger man simply overpowered him," said Davis.

Police say Kelley then tried to open a jewelry case. The store owner pulled out a second gun, which is when Kelley ran out of the store and into a waiting SUV.

Kelley will be in court later this week. He faces numerous felony charges, including attempted murder. If convicted, he could face up to life in prison.

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