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Suspect fled in light blue minivan

January 29, 2013 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Police offers responding to a robbery report at Sierra Market, 3834 Massachusetts Avenue, at 8:34 p.m. last night found a 68-year-old clerk bleeding from a wound to his head.

The clerk told officers he was behind the cash counter when a black male with a goatee wearing a curly blond wig entered the store holding a handgun.  The suspect walked behind the counter, where he was confronted by the clerk.  A struggle ensued and the suspect used his handgun to hit the clerk on the head.  The suspect demanded that the clerk open the cash register. While the suspect was filling his pockets with money, the clerk struck the suspect on the back of the head with a liquor bottle.

The suspect attacked the clerk again and the struggle moved from behind the cash counter and into the store display isles.  During the struggle, the suspect armed himself with a liquor bottle and struck the clerk on the top of the head.  The suspect then fled the store and entered a waiting vehicle parked on the street just north of the store. The suspect vehicle was last seen driving away north on Massachusetts Avenue. The victim received contusions and lacerations to his head and was transported to the hospital for treatment. 

The identity and whereabouts of the suspect is not known. The handgun turned out to be an air soft handgun and it was recovered at the scene. 

The suspect is described as a black male, 30-35 years, 6’2”, heavy build, with a goatee.  He was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt with white lettering on the front and a curly blonde wig.  The suspect vehicle was described as a light blue minivan.

If you have any information on this case, please call the La Mesa Police Department at (619) 667-1400

You may also call Crime Stoppers’ anonymous toll-free tip line (888) 580-TIPS (or  You can remain anonymous, and be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in this case.

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