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La Mesa Police Help Find Serial Robbers

Two San Diego men and a minor were booked on suspicion of robbery, conspiracy and possession of stolen property.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

Two San Diego men and a boy were arrested today in overnight robberies in El Cajon and San Diego.

About 9:45 p.m. Monday, one of the three grabbed a woman's cell phone while she was using it at Parkway Plaza, 415 Fletcher Parkway, El Cajon police Lt. Rob Ransweiler said. The trio then ran away.

The woman was uninjured, according to the lieutenant.

Ransweiler said the juvenile, Antwonne Darrell Hartfield, 24, and Jayvon Bailey, 19, were arrested on suspicion of robbing two men about 1:40 a.m. on South Johnson Avenue near West Main Street.

One of the suspects allegedly pointed a handgun at the victims and demanded their wallets, according to Ransweiler.

The victims chased the suspects until losing sight of them in the vicinity of South Johnson Avenue and El Cajon Boulevard, then called 911, Ransweiler said.

Ransweiler said the suspects appeared to also be involved in robberies in San Diego.

Officers from El Cajon and La Mesa, along with California Highway Patrol officers and a sheriff's department helicopter crew searched the area and found two of the suspects in the 300 block of Richfield Avenue near West Palm Avenue. The third suspect was spotted in a speeding 2005 Volvo S40, stopped and arrested, Ransweiler said.

Ransweiler said evidence in the vehicle linked the driver to the robberies, and property from both robberies was found with the other suspects.

All three were booked on suspicion of robbery, conspiracy and possession of stolen property, Ransweiler said.

—City News Service
Batman March 26, 2014 at 06:42 AM
Was the handgun recovered? Was it registered to Mr. Hartfield? If not where did it come from?
Batman March 28, 2014 at 04:54 AM
Perhaps the gun was provided by Mr. Yee.

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