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Man Robbed at Gunpoint in La Mesa of His Cell Phone, Wallet

The robber walked up to the victim's vehicle and tapped on the driver's side window with a black semi-automatic handgun, police said in a statement.

A gunman took a 20-year-old man's wallet and cell phone at gunpoint Thursday morning as the victim sat in his car in La Mesa, police said.

The robbery in the 8200 block of Lemon Avenue was reported at 1:08 a.m., according to La Mesa police.

The robber walked up to the victim's vehicle and tapped on the driver's side window with a black semi-automatic handgun, police said in a statement.

The victim opened his door and gave his wallet and cell phone to the gunman, who then ran away eastbound on Lemon Avenue, police said. No one was hurt.

Police were looking for a black man in his early 20s who is around 5 feet 10, with a heavy build and facial hair. He wore a black hooded sweatshirt, police said.

Anyone with information about the robbery was asked to call La Mesa police at (619) 667-1400.

–City News Service

Kyla November 01, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Now imagine how that might have gone differently if the kid in the car had pointed his own semiautomatic handgun, of any color, back at the would-be robber.
Deena While November 02, 2012 at 01:41 AM
I was thinking how random it is to: a) Go out to your car at 1:00 in the morning? b) A gunman is waiting for you? Talk about a dark cloud of bad luck hanging over you...
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This is an entirely believable and not at all ridiculous story.
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The Trolley is just an added bonus for the outlying areas such as LM. Have you checked out the MTA buses lately? Mass transit has it's place, however, in a down economy it is definitely an opportunity for some to reach out to more lucrative areas.
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Even if you have a CCW license, you cannot carry a loaded firearm in your car (except in Texas). The only exception to this rule in California is for sworn peace officers. They MUST keep loaded weapons on their persons at ALL times.

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