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Group arrested, accused of ambushing pedestrians in series of armed robberies across San Diego

Posted at 6:52 AM, Apr 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-24 11:48:06-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – A group of young males were arrested early Wednesday morning on suspicion of ambushing people in at least four separate armed robberies across the city of San Diego.

According to San Diego police, four males -- three of them minors -- are believed to be behind a crime spree that included incidents in City Heights and North Park.

The first robbery was reported around 12:45 a.m. near the intersection of 35th Street and El Cajon Boulevard and the second was reported a few minutes later near the intersection of Central Avenue and Wightman Street, San Diego police Officer Dino Delimitros said.

Officers responded to both scenes and found that one victim at each scene was robbed at gunpoint by four men, who then fled in a vehicle, Delimitros said.

The third robbery was reported around 1:45 a.m. near the intersection of Kansas Street and Polk Avenue and dispatchers received a call around 2 a.m. from a person who reported the fourth robbery in the 3200 block of University Avenue, the officer said.

In the last two robberies, one victim at each scene was threatened at gunpoint by a group of men who drove away after getting an undisclosed amount of cash, Delimitros said.

In the incident near Polk Avenue and Kansas Street, a man told officers he was walking home when a group jumped him. The victim said he was pistol-whipped and robbed of his personal property. The attack left the pedestrian injured and bloodied.

“In those particular robberies, it was people coming home from work, walking out and about in their neighborhoods. Four males would demand cash, cellphones, items [the victims] had with them,” an SDPD lieutenant told 10News.

Police said the group first used a truck as a getaway vehicle, but then came back to an alley on Highland Avenue to switch to a sedan.

10News learned officers tracked the group down as they returned to the alley following the four reported robberies and arrested them at gunpoint.

Police are looking into the possibility the group is responsible for at least six other robberies in the Mid-City area that occurred last week.