Woman Robbed of Her Purse at Gunpoint at Grossmont Center

Police seek help in finding three men who robbed woman in parking lot of Macy's.

A La Mesa woman was robbed at gunpoint at about 12:43 p.m. Sunday at Grossmont Center Mall, according to police.

The victim was walking to her vehicle in the south parking lot of the Macy's store when the three suspects drove alongside her and the passenger grabbed her purse. When the victim refused to let go of her purse, the passenger pointed a semi-auto handgun at the victim, according to police.

The victim—who was slightly brusied on her left arm—let go of the purse fearing for her safety, according to police.

The three suspects are described as black males between the age of 20 to 25. The front passenger had cornrows. They were in a white four-door Nissan Sentra, according to police.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the La Mesa Police Department or Crime Stoppers’ anonymous toll-free tip line (888) 580-TIPS.

Jim October 07, 2012 at 10:41 PM
La Mesa robberies, shootings and crimes are reaching extremely dangerous levels. Everyday, daytime life is now jeopardized. These punks have nailed it down to enter our town, take what they want and get away with it. I am not hearing nearly enough successful follow-up captures to these crimes over the past 12 months (3 years). How frustrating to live in this situation.
Deena While October 08, 2012 at 02:27 PM
I agree something needs to be done. Our officers can't be everywhere. Grossmont Center has, for several years now, become the feeding trough for punks attacking the weak. If we stop shopping there I'm sure the management would get their priorities straight! Parkway Plaza has two ECPD officers assigned full-time to the mall to provide a safe shopping experience. (Reduce auto theft, and crime against shoppers walking to their vehicles). I believe Parkway Plaza pays for these two officers. The crime rate has significantly reduced by ECPD's visual presence. We need to be the eyes and ears for the LMPD. Call when you see something suspicious. We need to take back our little town!
Jimmy Sanders October 08, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Swimmer John October 08, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Hummm. So the problem isn't the trolley bringing trouble into our community? Maybe we should start eliminating freeway interchanges. :-)
Kyla October 08, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Nobody said the car wasn't stolen....
Kyla October 08, 2012 at 06:51 PM
When walking to your car, stick close to the parked cars and be ready to walk between cars to the next aisle if there's a car following you. Not only does it make you too hard to victimize like this, it foils the people who stalk you to get your parking spot :)
F. Dunn October 08, 2012 at 07:09 PM
I try to park in the north parking lot (the one near the exterior entrance to B & N). It's often harder to find a parking place there, but there are always lots of people in that lot, which I would think would make a shopper less vulnerable to crime.
Deena While October 08, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Yeah, stay away from the banks....folks get picked off over there.
Darren Lachel October 08, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Every mall should have HD video at every entrance and exit. We would have a face shot and a license plate number. This is a no brainer, especially since the equipment is so cheap.
Jim October 08, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Both Macy's and Grossmont mall have no skin in the game when the robbery / crime doesn't directly impact them. Once they start losing business, once customers decide to use other malls or the internet, THEN they'll invest in greater surveillance or services. I am sure the current Grossmont mall security team consist of very nice people however walking around the mall, you can clearly see they are not trained for serious issues. Keep in mind that these crimes are occurring during broad daylight - once DST ends next month I hope we (LMPD, Mall security, city council) are prepared to deal with these punks as it gets darker earlier in the day.
Carol Ann October 09, 2012 at 03:09 AM
Many years ago Grossmont Center was a very dignified and classy shopping center. It's gone downhill over the last 10 years and I, for one, don't shop there anymore.
Cindy Weber October 09, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Have to agree, cameras could really aid in apprehending these crooks. When someone mentioned to stay close to the cars..I have to assume one is not taking in the possibility of rape. Attacks are sometimes by the way of hiding in wait and in of all places under the cars, where they grab the ankles and put you down...it's hard to fight back when one is down.The best solution is to always look around you. Be aware of your surroundings. Report any suspicious behavior, and try to keep money in a separate spot..such as bra, shoe, etc.
Beeswax October 09, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Keep your purse and/or shopping bags tucked in close to your body. Grip your purse with one hand and keep your keys in the other. Walk with a sense of purpose - don't walk with your head down. Look around at what is going on around you and you won't seem distracted or seen as vulnerable. Be aware of your surroundings at all times.


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