By Miriam Raftery
March 2, 2019 (Spring Valley) – Two suspects accused of forcibly robbing a victim at gunpoint yesterday have been taken into custody following a pursuit early this morning in Spring Valley.
Deputies from the Rancho San Diego Sheriff’s Station responded to a call reporting the robbery at 1:19 p.m. outside of the Giant Pizza King at 1029 Elkelton Blvd. in Spring Valley. The suspects were described as two young black males, one wearing a red sweatshirt and the other wearing a black sweatshirt.
“One of the suspects reportedly brandished a handgun and both males used physical force to take the victim's wallet and cell phone,” says Sgt. Kurt Cartie.
The suspects fled on foot, running southbound on Elkelton Blvd. San Diego Police Department’s airship, ABLE, responded and spotted two people matching the suspects’ description in front of 732 Brookview Street. “They both discarded their sweatshirts, broke through a wooden fence/gate at the side of the residence and ran through the backyard,” says Sgt.. Cartie, added that the suspects then jumped the back fence and entered the adjoining backyard at 737 Parkbrook St.
While deputies set up a perimeter, both subjects entered the back of the residence on Parkbrook through an unlocked door. The home was unoccupied at the time, as the resident just happened to be across the street with neighbors.
Deputies called into the residence ordering the subjects to exit the home. Both subjects exited the home and were taken into custody without further incident.
One subject was identified as Tejon Smith (age 20). The other subject was identified as a juvenile (age 17). They declined to comment on the weapon or say where it was discarded.
National City Police Department (NCPD) Officer and his K9 conducted an article search for the weapon, but it was not located.
Both subjects were arrested for armed robbery. Smith was later booked into San Diego Central Jail and the juvenile was taken to Juvenile Hall. The investigation is on-going and is being handled by Rancho San Diego Sheriff's Detectives.
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