Car Salesman Accused of Fighting Guard, Arrested in Macy’s Robbery Bid

Police say Vincente Walker, 20, and two other men tried to steal almost $2,500 in goods.

A La Mesa resident and car salesman is being held at Chula Vista jail on $105,000 bail after being arrested last week in connection with a robbery at Macy’s at Grossmont Center in which a security guard was kicked in the head.

Vincente Walker, 20, and two accomplices entered Macy’s at around 8:15 p.m. Oct. 23  and tried to steal almost $2,500 in merchandise, La Mesa police said Tuesday.

As they were leaving the store, the loss prevention officer grabbed Walker and tried to stop him, police said.

At that point, Walker and the guard began fighting, and during the altercation one of the other suspects kicked the guard in the head, according to police Capt. Dan Willis of the LMPD.

The other suspects, described as Hispanic males in their 20s, fled the scene.

Walker, whose arrest record stated that he was a car salesman, and the guard continued fighting, and were rolling around on the ground when police arrived.

Walker was detained by police without incident.

The guard, who suffered a one-inch cut on his head when Walker struck him with his keys, refused medical attention at the scene, Willis said.

Walker asked to be taken to the hospital for unspecified injuries he received. After being released, he was booked into County Jail and charged with one count of felony robbery, one count of assault with a deadly weapon (not firearm), one count of second-degree burglary and one count of grand theft.

Walker is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at El Cajon Superior Court.

Willis said LMPD is still investigating the incident and looking for the remaining suspects. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the La Mesa Police Department.

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 in this case.

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