Man robbed at knifepoint at La Mesa bus stop

Incident occurred on Baltimore Drive

LA MESA, Calif. -  

A man waiting at a bus stop on Baltimore Drive near Interstate 8 was robbed at knifepoint Saturday as a car swooped up and a man with a knife jumped out to accost him, police said.

The victim was waiting at a bus stop on Baltimore Drive near Fletcher Parkway at 6:05 a.m. Saturday when a gold-colored, 4-door sedan traveling southbound on Baltimore Drive stopped in front of him.

"A male exited the front passenger seat and held a knife to the victim's side while a female passenger in the vehicle grabbed the victim's backpack," said La Mesa Police Department Sgt. Katy Lynch. "The male and female suspects got back into the vehicle, which was occupied by an additional male passenger and was driven by a second female."

The victim ran to a nearby gas station to call police, as the car sped to the south on Baltimore, Lynch said. Officers searched the area but were unable to locate the suspects or their vehicle.

The victim sustained a minor scratch to his side but did not require medical treatment.

The suspect who wielded the knife was described as a white or Hispanic man in his 30s with a goatee wearing a black-hooded shirt or sweatshirt. The woman who grabbed the victim's backpack was described as a white or Hispanic woman in her 30s wearing a gold or similar-color jacket.

An investigation is continuing. Police asked anyone with information to call the La Mesa Police Department at (619) 667-1416 or (619) 469-6111, or Crime Stoppers' Anonymous toll-free tip line at (888) 580-TIPS or on line at www.sdcrimestoppers.com .

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