Drive-by Purse Snatching At Grossmont

GROSSMONT CENTER -- A woman was robbed of her purse Sunday afternoon as she walked in the parking lot near the Macy's store at Grossmont Center. Police are looking for three men, including one who pointed a gun at he woman during the scuffle for the purse.

Police said that at 12:43 p.m. three black males robbed the woman as she walked in the south parking lot of the Macy’s store located at Grossmont Center Mall.

The victim was walking to her vehicle when the suspects slowly drove along side of her. The front passenger reached out and grabbed the victim’s purse as she walked. The victim did not let go of the purse and a struggle for the purse ensued. The same suspect then pointed a black semi-auto handgun at the victim. Fearing for her safety, the victim released the hold she had on her purse. The suspects fled in the vehicle.

The victim complained of minor pain to her left arm which showed some slight bruising from the incident. She declined medical attention at the scene.

Officers searched the surrounding areas with assistance from San Diego Police Department’s helicopter but were unable to locate the suspect.

The suspects are described as:

#1 Front Passenger: black male, 20-25 years old, w/cornrows, black shirt shirt
#2 Driver: black male 20-25 years old.
#3 Rear Passenger: black male 20-25 years old
Vehicle: White 4 Door Nissan Sentra (Late model)

The investigation is continuing. 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 You can remain anonymous, and be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 for information in this case.

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Comment by Janie Garcia on October 10, 2012 at 10:04am

I too fear for my safety at Grossmont Center. 

Comment by Linus Ewell on October 9, 2012 at 11:02am

This is becoming way too frequent an occurance at Grossmont Center.  People blame the trolley, etc. but the fact is, they seem to get away with the crime.  I don't hear about these types of crime at Mission Valley or Fashion Valley.  Even Parkway Plaza seemed to have stepped up their security.  I loved shopping at Grossmont because it has everything I want there.  Sadly, until the Center shows some improvement in their security forces, I will be shopping elsewhere. 

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