Man who used hatchet, BB gun in series of robberies turns himself in

Posted at 11:03 AM, Mar 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-21 21:31:36-04

SANTEE, Calif. (KGTV) - The man wanted in a series of robberies involving a hatchet and BB gun has been arrested.

San Diego County Sheriff's deputies said 22-year-old Randall Lee, of Lakeside, turned himself into authorities at about 3 p.m. Tuesday. Lee was wanted for robbing several East County businesses, including A Best Buy store in La Mesa and Wal-Mart stores in Lakeside and Santee, according to SDSO Sgt. William Amavisca. 

Lee was charged with multiple charges, including robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, brandishing a replica fun, and burglary. SDSO said he can face more charges from other law enforcement agencies.

Lee was sought in connection with robberies that dated back to Feb. 28, 2017.

On Feb. 28,  a robbery suspect reportedly pulled a hatchet on a loss prevention officer at a Best Buy store on Fletcher Parkway in La Mesa.

Then on March 21, two robberies occurred at Wal-Mart stores in El Cajon and Santee.

The first happened at about 12:10 a.m. in El Cajon on Camino Canada, when a suspect reportedly fire a BB gun or CO2 handgun several times at the store manager. The suspect stole at least two rifle-style BB guns in that incident.  

Later that day around 11 p.m., a suspect fired a BB gun at an assistant manager at the Town Center Parkway Wal-Mart location. An employee was struck by the BB gun rounds.

The suspect fled the scene of that location, but left behind a wallet belonging to an identity theft victim.