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La Mesa Police make arrest, rearrest for looting during riots

A 29-year-old man was shot multiple times and died in a La Mesa shopping center, police said Saturday.
Posted at 5:10 PM, Jun 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-11 20:10:17-04

LA MESA, Calif. (KGTV) — Police arrested one person and rearrested another person this week in connection with looting in La Mesa following police protests last month.

Both arrests were made without incident and for burglary during an emergency on May 30 during rioting in the East County city, according to La Mesa Police:

  • On June 10, 26-year-old Helen Tewolde was arrested on suspicion of looting Sally’s Beauty Supply on May 30. An anonymous tip was submitted to police after video that appeared to show Tewolde at the scene looting appeared on social media, LMPD said.
  • On June 11, 25-year-old Rey Estrada-Silva was arrested on suspicion of looting the Verizon store and Target in Grossmont Shopping Center on May 30. Estrada-Silva was previously arrested last week on suspicion on looting Play It Again Sports and was out on bail during Thursday's arrest, LMPD said.

As night set on May 30, protests outside LMPD's headquarters turned chaotic, after vandals set fires to numerous buildings and vehicles. Looters struck several businesses including Walmart, Target, Vons, and other stores in shopping centers.