Man sought in La Jolla armed robbery

LA JOLLA, Calif. - San Diego police Wednesday made public a composite sketch of a man wanted in an armed kidnapping and robbery in La Jolla.

The gunman accosted two women, both in their mid-20s, as they were getting into their car in the 7700 block of Draper Avenue about 12:40 a.m. May 4, according to police.

The suspect, who had a semiautomatic pistol, forced the women into their car, then got in behind the driver and told her to drive to two automated teller machines. At the machines, the women were ordered to withdraw cash and hand it over, police said.

The gunman ordered the driver to take him back to Draper Avenue, where he got out and fled on foot, police said, adding that the man told the women he lived in the area.

Many mothers stroll with their children through La Jolla, and children play freely in a park on Draper Avenue.

Florence Losay, a part-time L Jolla resident, told 10News, "I feel safe, everywhere here I'm safe. I feel safe."

Megan Germain feels the same way, saying, "None of us really lock our doors because we're like, 'Oh, we're in La Jolla.'"

SDPD Lt. Kevin Mayer said, "A lot of times, criminals act on the element of surprise, being able to sneak up on you and you didn't even know they were coming."

Losay said, "It just, it's just seems like a movie for me because I can't realize that happened in this neighborhood."

Police described the man as black, 24-28 years old and about 6 feet 1, with a muscular build. He was last seen wearing a black, hooded sweatshirt and dark baggy jeans.

Mayer said, "The best thing you can do is just to be vigilant."

Just the thought that someone like this could be walking around La Jolla, hiding among them, makes Germain very uneasy.

Germain said, "I'll definitely be more cautious about my surroundings."

Anyone with more information as to the man's name or whereabouts was asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Tips that lead to an arrest in the case could be worth a Crime Stoppers reward of up to $1,000.

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