October 9, 2011 (La Mesa) – Two transients have been arrested for stealing a bicycle and attempting to steal a backpack and cell phone from a man at Collier Park yesterday, La Mesa Police report. One of the men also reportedly threatened to beat up the victim if he would not relinquish his property. Those arrested are John Allen Bass and Jamar Brown, both age 24.
Police responded at 7:40 p.m. last night to a report of a robbery at Collier Park, 4401 Palm Avenue in La Mesa. The 21 year old male victim told police he was sitting on a park bench when he was approached by a group of black males. The two suspects separated themselves from the group and approached the victim.
One suspect sat down next to the victim and demanded that the victim give up his backpack. When the victim refused, the suspect attempted to take the backpack. The suspect and victim pulled back and forth on the backpack, but the victim was able to retain his property.
When the victim attempted to leave the park with his bicycle, the second suspect told the victim to give him his cell phone. He then grabbed hold of the victim’s bicycle and pulled it away. The second suspect threatened to beat up the victim if he did not leave the park.
The victim left the park and called the police from his home. Officers located a group of males a short distance away from the park. The victim positively identified the two suspects who robbed him. The suspects were booked into San Diego County Jail on the charge of 211 P.C. Robbery.
The victim was not injured during the robbery and all of his property was recovered.