La Mesa police seek help finding 2 who assaulted, robbed man in Vons parking lot

Incident occurred at 8011 University Ave., La Mesa

LA MESA - La Mesa police are looking for two suspects who assaulted and robbed a man in a grocery store parking lot Friday.

The robbery occurred at 11:26 p.m. in the Von's grocery store parking lot at 8011 University Ave., La Mesa police Sgt. Jim Huggins said.

"The victim was walking to his vehicle when he was attacked from behind by two men," Huggins said. "The victim was struck in the face and knocked to the ground. The two suspects stole the victim's cell phone and wallet."

Huggins said the two suspects were last seen running eastbound from the scene through an alley behind a neighboring store, possibly heading toward Orange Avenue.

A subsequent search by La Mesa police in the area of University and Allison avenues failed to locate the two men.

The suspects were both described as men in their early 20s. One was reported to be Hispanic and wearing a gray shirt. The other was described as black and wearing a white T-shirt and khaki cargo shorts.

The robbery victim sustained a minor facial cut.

No weapon was reported used by the assailants.

Anyone with more information about this robbery was asked to call La Mesa police at 619-667-1400 or Crime Stoppers' at 888-580-TIPS.


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