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Chula Vista police investigate violent incidents at Otay Ranch Town Center

Posted at 11:19 AM, Oct 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-07 09:01:40-04

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) -- Police are investigating two violent incidents that occurred at Chula Vista’s Otay Ranch Town Center in recent weeks.

The Chula Vista Police Department is asking for the public’s help as they try to find the people suspected in a stabbing incident on Sept. 25 and an assault on Oct. 2 that happened at the mall on 2015 Birch Rd.

In the Sept. 25 incident, at around 6 p.m., two people were approached by a group of four people, and then “three of the subjects began assaulting one of the victims,” police said.

Police said one victim was stabbed in the back of the leg and had their backpack stolen. The other victim was not hurt, but one of the assailants took their cell phone.

According to police, the incident was captured on video and shared on social media. The suspects in this case were described by police as Black male juveniles.

In the Oct. 2 incident, a person was with friends at the mall when he was approached by about eight juveniles. Police said, “One of the suspects then punched the victim and a second suspect stole the victim’s Boston Red Sox baseball hat. When friends attempted to intervene and help the victim, a third suspect brandished a knife and told them to, ‘back up.’ No victims were stabbed during the incident.”

Police said the three primary male suspects were described as:

  • Suspect #1: described as a Black male juvenile, 5'7 "built", wearing red pants
  • Suspect #2: described as a Black male juvenile, 5'10 "built", wearing a white shirt
  • Suspect #3: described as a Hispanic male juvenile, 5'10 about 145 pounds, slicked back hair and wearing a black shirt

Police said it is unknown if the two incidents are related.

Anyone with information on the incidents is urged to contact Chula Vista police at 619-691-5151 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.