A sharp-eyed passer-by alerted police today to a residential burglary under way in the Lake Murray area, helping officers quickly nab two men who allegedly had just assaulted and robbed a retirement-age resident.
The witness made an emergency call shortly before 2 p.m. from a pay phone in La Mesa to report having seen two men using a crowbar to break into a home in the 8400 block of Harwell Drive in eastern San Diego minutes earlier, SDPD public-affairs Lt. Andra Brown said.
An officer arrived in the neighborhood to see two men running away from the home, Brown said. The patrolman, who had a service dog with him, caught up with the suspects a short distance away and took them into custody with help from a man who lives in the area.
At about the same time, the burglary victim, who was believed to be about 80, contacted police to report having been robbed and beaten with a tire iron or similar metal tool by a pair of intruders in his home. Medics took him to a hospital for treatment of head injuries of undetermined severity.
The arrestees, whose names were not immediately available, were expected to be booked into county jail on suspicion of assault, burglary and robbery.
–City News Service