SHOTGUN-WIELDING ROBBERY SUSPECT AND DRIVER SOUGHT

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By Miriam Raftery

July 20, 2017 (La Mesa) – Authorities are seeking public help to locate a masked, gun-wielding suspect seen exiting Conroy’s Flower Shop  on Jackson Drive in la Mesa at 10:50 a.m.  Passerbys called police and reported eseing the suspect get into a Hyundai Elantra, license 7LNX477, driven by another suspect. They are considered armed and dangerous.

A second witness took a photo of the black Hyundai and its license plate.  Police arrived and confirmed that a robbery had occurred. Minutes later, La Mesa Police spotted the vehicle traveling westbound on I-8 in the College area.

According to a La Mesa Police press release, the vehicle exited the freeway at Mission Gorge / Fairmont Street. The suspect vehicle fled from the officer at a high rate of speed. Officers pursued the vehicle westbound on Camino Del Rio South to Texas Street. where the suspects got back onto Interstate 8 heading eastbound at speeds up to 100 miles per hour. Officers lost sight of the suspect vehicle at the interchange with Interstate 15.

The vehicle was reported stolen earlier today. San Diego Police found the vehicle unoccupied in the University Heights area at about 1:10 p.m.

The robbery suspect is described as a white male adult, 5’08” tall.  He was wearing all black clothing, a baseball hat, sunglasses and a red bandana covering his face. The suspect was armed with a shotgun. Thee is no description for the driver of the car.

La Mesa Police commend the two eye witnesses who helped provide the police with valuable information in this case and remind everyone that if you see something…say something. You can call La Mesa Police at 619-667 7519.