Woman Robbed of Her Purse at Grossmont Center in Front of Her Kids

After a search of the area by La Mesa police and San Diego Sheriff’s ASTREA, law enforcement officials were not able to locate the suspects, who are still outstanding.

A woman was robbed of her purse at around 6:25 p.m. Monday, outside of Fuddruckers in the parking lot at Grossmont Center, according to La Mesa Police.

The female victim was walking in the parking lot with her children when a 90s model, tan, two-door Saturn approached her. Police said that the passenger leaned out of the window and grabbed the victim’s purse, dragging her on the ground a few feet before she was able to release her grasp. The woman  was transported to the hospital with a wrist injury.

The woman's purse also contained her car keys and cell phone.

After a search of the area by La Mesa police and San Diego Sheriff’s ASTREA, law enforcement officials were not able to locate the suspects, who are still outstanding.

Suspect #1 is described as a black male adult, 18-20 years old with short hair. The victim was unable to provide a clothing description.

Suspect #2 is described as a black male adult 18-20 years old and was the driver of the suspect vehicle.

The investigation in continuing. Anyone with information is urged to call the La Mesa Police Department at (619) 667-1400.

You may also call Crime Stoppers’ anonymous toll-free tip line (888) 580-TIPS (or www.sdcrimestoppers.com). You can remain anonymous, and be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in this case.

Batman November 06, 2012 at 08:10 AM
Don't vote for Obama! This is his constituency, and no I'm not talking about color. Mr. Obama is very very well liked by the criminal element.
Steven Smurd November 06, 2012 at 08:20 AM
Is it just me or does it seem like these same gentlemen are committing the same crime over and over again at Grossmont Center? I don't want to stereotype based on race, but come on...
Steven Smurd November 06, 2012 at 08:24 AM
You sound like an ass. This has absolutely nothing to do with the election.
Saul Rubinowitz November 06, 2012 at 08:53 AM
ummm, there IS a Fuddruckers in Grossmont Center?
David W. November 06, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Ummmm,Yes, maybe try crawling out of your hole and you can see for yourself.
David W. November 06, 2012 at 03:00 PM
No, you're right. It's becoming almost regular there now. It sure seems as though the center of La Mesa crime is the Grossmont Center area now, yet you rarely see any Police presence if you're in the area. Women need to be very careful in that parking lot. I'm sure this is all wonderful for business there.
Deena While November 06, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Good ol' Grossmont Center has become the feeding trough for criminals. When will Grossmont Center security step it up? This is a daily activity: Sun Came Up? Check Had Breakfast? Check Purse Snatching at Grossmont Center? Check
Deena While November 06, 2012 at 03:13 PM
I hope the 'short-timer attitude' isn't what we're seeing here. Grossmont Center has some redevelopment plans in the near future. http://www.lamesatoday.com/video/grossmont-center-reimagined (it KILLS me to have to reference LMToday for this video!) Are the folks at Grossmont Center ready to close up and just don't care?
Deena While November 06, 2012 at 03:20 PM
I don't know why that link isn't working -- probably my dislike for LMToday is affecting it! =D Try this one? http://www.lamesatoday.com/video/video/listTagged?tag=Grossmont+Center+Redevelopment If it doesn't work then heck, just google "Grossmont Center Redevelopment" Sorry! :~o
Kristi G November 06, 2012 at 03:24 PM
This is terrible, and seems to keep happening. Police and camera presence need to be stepped up in the Grossmont Center parking lot.
Deena While November 06, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Grossmont Center is private property. LMPD doesn't patrol. But you are right, a partnership should be developed in order to get rid of this bad element. Parkway Plaza pays to have two El Cajon Officers assigned to that site all year long. During holiday shopping ECPD has a command post stationed there. Grossmont Center to work something like this with LMPD.
Beeswax November 06, 2012 at 03:37 PM
What Grossmont needs to do is to improve their security. They should install some cameras in the parking lot and hire more guards to patrol the parking lots. Perhaps that will act as a deterrent to these criminals. If I don't start seeing that Grossmont is taking steps to maintain a safe shopping environment for its customers, then I will take my business somewhere else.
F. Dunn November 06, 2012 at 03:59 PM
I think it's the same two guys, as well. The car descriptions in all these cases seem pretty similar. This latest one is in that same lot between Macy's and Fuddruckers as in one of the other cases. We never park in that lot these days, and the parking lot east of Wal-Mart also gives me the heebie-jeebies. I've said it before...I think the safest parking area is between Barnes and Noble and the restaurants on the north perimeter of Grossmont Center because there are always lots of people walking in that parking area (it is, however, hard to find a parking slot there sometimes). If Grossmont won't step up to the plate, is there any reason some of the major retailers in the center can't hire their own parking lot security?
Jim November 06, 2012 at 04:06 PM
WHY are the citizens of La Mesa ALWAYS the vocal ones for more security and more arrests? WHY isn't the mayor more proactive and vocal? why isn't city council more proactive and vocal? Why isn't the police chief reassuring the citizens of La Mesa? Why isn't the name, contact info (tel /email) of Grossmont mall mgmt given (on this website) to all who shop there? WHY?????
Deena While November 06, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Mall Management •Mall Management: 619-465-2900 ×111 •Director and General Manager: 619-465-2900 x117 •Marketing Director: 619-465-2900 x112
Kevin George November 06, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Better yet. Madrid, Art Mayor 619.667.1100 Arapostathis, Mark Vice Mayor 619.667.1106 Sterling, Ruth Councilmember 619.667.1106 Ewin, Ernest Councilmember 619.667.1106 Their emails are here. http://www.cityoflamesa.com/Directory.aspx?did=11
Kevin George November 06, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Yes Saul, but I think it's white old men only.
Kevin George November 06, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Works fine for me Deena. And thanks for SANDAGS delightful view of La Mesa after it goes through the homogenization machine.( even though I had to go to LMToday for it)
Lauren G. November 06, 2012 at 08:47 PM
The best place to park is in the parking garage by Target, in the shade where the security guard always seems to be sitting. It's the safest 20-foot diameter spot in the mall. You're on your own if you venture out of that circle though.
David W. November 06, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Yeah, great place to park. That's exactly where the security guard was chased down and had his heat beat in a couple of months ago. At least he was in no risk of having his purse snatched. Makes me feel safer.
Lauren G. November 06, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Perhaps you missed the sarcasm in my post, David?
Kyla November 06, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Ladies, get thee a Taser. Carry it in your hand as you walk to your vehicle. Should these two thugs try to strip you of your belongings, give them a zap. Also, carry a pen with which to write down the license plate number. Just think: if anyone had thought it write it down (scary situation, brains a little scattered, I know), these guys would likely be in jail already (I also suspect they're the same two). Someone has really got to do something about this. Since it won't be mall management, the police or security, the burden falls to you.
Deena While November 06, 2012 at 11:52 PM
A Citizen Patrol could drive around that parking lot....just eyes and ears for the law....not vigilante stuff. A visual presence of any kind will keep these cowards away.
Miss Kitty November 06, 2012 at 11:54 PM
I agree Kyla, those monsters are going to mess with the wrong woman one of these days. Even a baseball bat upside their heads should do the trick!
F. Dunn November 07, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Deena, it's at the point now where I feel the safest thing a woman shopping Grossmont can do is slip her money and/or credit cards in her bra/shoe and not have a purse at all. I have decided I'm not going to do that and I'm also not going to plead with my brawny husband to shop there with me purely for safety's sake. He hates shopping and I really prefer to shop on my own. I hope Grossmont management is reading our comments. It's only a few minutes further for me to go to Mission Valley or Parkway Plaza and until something is done, that's what I'll be doing. The purse snatching and other violence in the parking lots has gotten way out of hand.
Deena While November 07, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Yes, F. Dunn, it's pretty sad but that is the fact isn't it? Consider Grossmont Center as a "No Purse Zone". But I do love Kyla's tazer suggestion.
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