La Mesa police are searching for a man suspected of trying to rob pedestrians Friday afternoon in west La Mesa.
At about 3:06 p.m., the LMPD received a report of an attempted robbery that occurred in the 5300 block of Maryland Avenue, police said. The victim had just parked a vehicle and was approached by a male, wearing a mask.
The man pointed a large caliber semi-automatic pistol at the victim and demanded her wallet. The victim did not have a wallet and the man ran off eastbound on Maryland Avenue. The victim was not injured.
Maryland Avenue Elementary School was placed on lockdown for about 30 minutes while officers searched the area. Classes had ended but after-school activities were taking place, police said.
A thorough search of the area by police and ASTREA helicopter was completed, but the gunman was not found.
The gunman was described as an unknown race male adult, wearing a hard plastic mask covering his face, about 6-feet tall and thin, wearing a light grey colored hoodie with the hood pulled up covering his hair and gloves. The weapon was described as a large caliber semi-automatic pistol.
The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is urged 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 www.sdcrimestoppers.com). You can remain anonymous, and be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in this case.