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Caught on video: ICU nurse mugged at gunpoint on La Jolla street

Caught on video: ICU nurse mugged in armed robbery on La Jolla street
Posted at 3:22 PM, Feb 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-26 20:45:29-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Surveillance video shows an ICU nurse mugged outside his home in La Jolla by a group of men, one of them armed with a gun.

Just past 11 p.m. Tuesday, near La Jolla Boulevard and Sea Ridge Drive, Ryan, a 32-year-old ICU nurse, was parking on the street after returning home from an out-of-town trip.

In the video, a white car drives by moments before he gets out and grabs a laundry bag from his vehicle. Then, the white car drives by again, as Ryan retrieves a gym bag. From another camera angle, the car is then seen making a quick U-turn, before pulling up just past where Ryan was standing.

"Their windows are down. I thought they were going to ask me something, so I kind of leaned in," said Ryan.

That’s when two men jumped out of the car. It’s hard to see in the video, but Ryan says one of the men was holding a gun.

"He points the gun at me. I'm like, 'I didn’t do anything.' I'm backpedaling. My heart is just pounding, racing," said Ryan.

Ryan dropped his bags, as the other man grabbed at his jacket.

"He said, 'Give me everything you got ... I didn’t even really notice he was trying to grab me until I saw the video, because I’m just
staring at the gun the whole time." said Ryan.

Video shows the man with the gun chasing after Ryan.

"Chasing me and holding the gun on me more intently. Makes me think he was really thinking about trying to shoot me," said Ryan.

Eventually, the men would climb back into the car. A third man, the driver, picked up Ryan’s bags.

They would get away with an iPad and clothes, including four sets of nursing scrubs. They also stole Ryan’s sense of security.

"Frightening. Doesn’t feel safe to go outside or anything," said Ryan. "They were ready to shoot and I believe they will do it again."

Ryan says he didn’t get a good look at the men but believes they were in their 20s or 30s. The car is believed to an older model, possibly a 2002 Subaru Impreza.

Anyone with information is asked to call San Diego Police at 619-531-2000 or Crimestoppers at 888-580-8477.