Robbery Suspect Armed with Butcher’s Knife Sought by Police

A man tried to rob the Cricket Wireless store on University Avenue Saturday.

A man armed with a butcher’s knife attempted to rob a Cricket Wireless store on University Avenue Saturday evening but left empty handed after an employee fled the store, according to La Mesa police.

The suspect entered the store on 7014 University Avenue around 6:20 p.m. with his face concealed by a black scarf wrapped around his head, walked behind the counter and demanded cash from an employee. He brandished a weapon that was described by police as a foot-long butcher’s knife.

The employee ran from the store, and the suspect did as well, last seen running southbound across University Avenue, police said.

The suspect was described as an Hispanic male, 20-30 years old, around 5 feet 7 inches tall, approximately 180 pounds, wearing a red sweater, beige or light khaki pants and a brown baseball hat.

No loss was reported and the employee was not injured.

The Le Mesa Police Department is asking anyone with information to call (619) 667-1400.

Deena While November 11, 2012 at 02:53 PM
I love that the employee ran from the store! That's what I told the people that worked in my store...get the heck out! Your life means more than the merchandise in the store. If the robber wants the money, well, it will take them time to figure out how to open the register, etc. KUDOS to the employee! I had an incident where I was very uncomfortable in the store, I walked outside the front door and watched from the sidewalk as I called for help. Ya gotta do whatcha gotta do these days!
Deena While November 11, 2012 at 02:58 PM
...and what a disappointment if someone did rob me, cuz I only kept about $20 in the till.
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