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September 8,2014 (La Mesa)-- Travelodge Motel at 7911 University Avenue, La Mesa, was robbed by a suspect armed with a black handgun last night at 8:20 p.m.

An employee was working alone at the front desk of the Motel when an unknown suspect ran into the lobby and went behind the desk while brandishing a black handgun.  The suspect demanded cash and then took an undisclosed amount from the cash drawer.  The suspect fled out the front door and ran eastbound onto University Avenue.

Officers searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect.  The suspect is described as a black male adult, approximately 5’10” tall with a muscular build.  The suspect was wearing a black watch cap, red bandana over his face, black pants and shoes, light colored gloves and a dark colored t-shirt with a white logo on the front chest.

The investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information is encouraged to 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 may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 for information in this case

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