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By Miriam Raftery

December 8, 2019 (El Cajon) – El Cajon Police Department is warning the public about a rise in street robberies, some targeting elderly men. The robberies have occurred in the vicinity of the 1000 block of East Main Street and the 800 block of Buena Terrace in recent weeks.

Each of the victims were walking on public sidewalks when they were assaulted from behind by a lone suspect and robbed, says Lt. Randy Soulard.  None of the victims reported seeing a weapon.  

Suspect descriptions vary. The suspects are described as either African American, Hispanic, or Middle Eastern men ages 20 to 40 years. The suspects are also described as being between 5’6” to 6 feet tall and from 160 to 180   pounds. At this time it is unknown if these crimes are related.

The El Cajon Police Department is asking for the community’s help in solving these crimes. Anyone with information regarding these incidents or suspects involved are encouraged to call the El Cajon Police Department at (619) 579-3311 or San Diego Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 or on-line at SDCRIMESTOPPERS.ORG.

In addition, the El Cajon Police Department would like to remind the community of several crime prevention tips, especially during the holiday season. When walking, travel in groups in well-lighted areas that are highly visible to others. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash on your person, and have a cellular phone with you to report emergencies or crimes-in-progress by calling 9-1-1. Always be aware of your surroundings and report anything suspicious to the police.

For additional crime prevention information, you can visit www.ElCajonPolice.org as well as follow the El Cajon Police Department on Twitter and Instagram at  @elcajonpolice.


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