Suspects in El Cajon jewelry store hatchet attack arrested

EL CAJON, Calif. - A man suspected of attacking the owner of an El Cajon jewelry store has been arrested, police announced Friday.

Travis Scott Kelley, 24, was arrested Friday afternoon in Ocean Beach, El Cajon police said. He was charged with attempted murder, armed robbery, elder abuse and other charges in connection with an incident that occurred at Hamlin Jewelers on Wednesday.

The assault and robbery happened Wednesday shortly before 3:30 p.m. at the store in the 2200 block of Fletcher Parkway. When officers arrived on scene, they found the 75-year-old owner suffering from numerous head wounds.

Police said the suspect struck the owner with the hammer end of a hatchet "in an apparent attempt to rob the business."

The victim fell behind the counter and pulled out a small caliber handgun and then pointed it at the suspect, according to police.

A second struggle ensued, and the suspect was able to take the gun from the victim and then ran out of the store, police said.

Surveillance video obtained by 10News showed the suspect running away from the jewelry store and through the parking lot of La Mesa Auto and Tire Center. Close behind him was a witness who was trying to catch him.

The unidentified victim suffered severe injuries and is in stable condition at a local hospital.

The suspect was able to get into a silver Toyota 4Runner, which sped away west on Fletcher Parkway. Using information from witnesses and a partial license plate, El Cajon police detectives were able to track down the vehicle and later identified the alleged getaway driver as 21-year-old Ali Armeen Toombs.

Toombs was arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit a felony and robbery. Police identified Kelley after arresting Toombs.

The handgun appeared to have been the only item stolen during the crime, police said.

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