Women Robbed of Purse While Holding 2-Year-Old Daughter in Her Arms

Police searched for suspect but couldn't find him after incident on University Avenue.

A La Mesa woman holding her 2-year-old daughter in her arms was robbed of her purse in the 8000 block of University Avenue on Saturday night, police report.

According to the La Mesa Police Department, the 27-year-old victim was walking northbound and crossing University when a man approached her from behind about 7:30 p.m.

He shoved her in the back and grabbed the purse on her arm before fleeing on foot, police said.

“Neither the female nor child was injured during the struggle,” police said in a news release. The assailant was last seen running northbound on Culowee Street from University Avenue.

Officers searched the surrounding areas with the assistance of a San Diego Sheriff Department’s K-9 unit, but were unable to find the man.

Police Lt. Angela DeSarro said the woman called police when she got home in the El Cajon Boulevard area of west La Mesa.

The suspect is described as a black male, 5-foot-9, 35 years old, with a medium build, wearing a gray-colored jacket with a red or gray hood, a dark-colored baseball cap and dark gray pants.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the La Mesa Police Department.

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

Batman October 14, 2012 at 03:43 PM
And 2 hours later, and less than a block away, a backpack was forcibly taken from a man by eight BLACK males. Two of them were captured by LMPD after all 8 went running down the trolley tracks along Spring St.
Deena While October 14, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Article title "women" but was it just one "woman"?
Laurie Atkinson October 14, 2012 at 05:41 PM
So she was a block away from the LMPD and she went home and called? I'd be screaming bloody murder!
Kevin George October 14, 2012 at 06:40 PM
That's what I was thinking. The police station is in eyesight of this crosswalk, why didn't she go straight there instead of walking home? Culowee ends AT the police station, so the perp had to actually run past the police station to get there. I realize that the police don't have sentries at the station 24/7, it's just shocking how much crime goes on within eyesight of the police station.
Adrienne October 14, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Maybe she was scared and thinking flight or fight? Maybe she wasn't aware of the police station? Either way, if you haven't been in her shoes "shoulda, woulda, coulda" is pretty counter productive
Kevin George October 15, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Sorry Adrienne, more curious than anything. No disrespect intended. If you read my post more carefully, and didn't jump to the conclusion that I was attacking her, you would understand that it was the proximity of the police station that was the point. PS, I've been in worse shoes than hers.
Native Son December 31, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Gee............the black males that live around La Mesa sure do keep our crime rate up, don't they? This is what causes racial profiling to you black males who commit crime then "share" it with other innocent black males. If they are the ones who are robbing folks, then it is human nature for people to be distrustful of black males...


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