A transient who confronted a woman and her baby in a women's restroom at a College Grove Mall department store, then threatened them with a knife, pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony charge of attempted robbery.
Jason Robert Arringdale, 20, will be sentenced on Feb. 3 to a year in jail.
The victims were in a ladies' room at the Kohl's store on College Avenue on the afternoon of Dec. 12 when Arringdale exited a stall and tapped the woman on the shoulder with a knife, police said.
Prosecutors said the woman pushed a cart toward the defendant and screamed "Stop him, stop him!" and he fled. She and her 4-month-old child were unharmed.
Arringdale was arrested without incident Dec. 18 on a Hillcrest roadside by a San Diego police sergeant who recognized him from surveillance-camera photos captured at the Kohl's where the crime occurred, SDPD Lt. Chuck Kaye said.
The suspect, an Iowa native, told investigators he lived in Balboa Park.
Prosecutors said Arringdale stole the knife and a shirt from a nearby Walmart and stole a jacket and a calendar from Target before the bathroom confrontation at Kohl's.
In exchange for Arringdale's guilty plea, charges of assault with a deadly weapon and burglary were dismissed.
–City News Service