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Two Armed Robberies, Assault On Cops In La Mesa
LA MESA – This weekend started with a busy 12 hours for La Mesa police. A Friday night robbery was followed by a Saturday morning robbery and then an early morning confrontation with car burglars that landed two in jail for attempted assault on law enforcement officers.
Friday night at about 9:45, two men robbed employees at the Lake Murray Café located at 5465 Lake Murray Boulevard. One of the suspects was armed with a silver handgun. The robbers forced three employees into the kitchen where they attempted and failed to open the business safe. The assailants then robbed the employees of their own personal cash before fleeing west and away from the business.
Officers searched the surrounding areas but were unable to locate the suspects.
Suspect #1 is described as a black male, medium build, wearing a dark hoodie, black gloves, black pants, black shoes, with a white covering over his face.
Suspect #2 is described a black male, medium build, wearing a dark hoodie, black gloves, black pants, black shoes, with a white covering over his face.
Just a few hours later, just before 2 a.m., a robber attempted to steal cash from On Cue Billiards located at 8308 Parkway Drive.
The suspect, who was armed with a black semi automatic handgun, attempted to rob the pool hall when two of the employees exited the business. When the two employees saw the suspect running in their direction, they ran back into the business and tried to lock the door. The suspect pointed his gun at the employee who was trying to lock the door and stated “Give me the money.” When the suspect saw an additional employee inside the business, he became nervous and fled the scene without taking any money. The suspect was last seen running westbound on Parkway Drive.
Officers searched the surrounding areas with the assistance of San Diego Sheriff Department’s helicopter but were unable to locate the suspect.
The suspect is described as a black male, 5’11”, with black curly oily hair, wearing a black baseball cap, sunglasses, a dark colored bandana over his face, a dark colored t-shirt, black pants, black gloves, and dark shoes.
Just before sunrise Saturday, at 5:45 a.m. officers responded to a radio call of a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of 7484 University Avenue. As officers arrived, the suspect vehicle fled the location and failed to yield to officers. A short vehicle pursuit ensued.
The suspect vehicle collided with a utility pole at Lowell Street and Normal Avenue. As the primary officer exited his vehicle, the suspect put his vehicle in reverse, driving at the officer. The suspect vehicle struck the officer’s patrol vehicle. The officer was not injured. The suspect vehicle then fled again and the vehicle pursuit continued. The suspect vehicle collided with a retaining wall at Parks Avenue and Seneca Place where both suspects fled the vehicle on foot running in opposite directions. Both suspects were apprehended after leading officers on a foot pursuit. Further investigation revealed the suspects had burglarized a vehicle behind 7484 University Avenue and stolen property from that vehicle was recovered inside the suspect’s vehicle.
Ryan Scot ALLEN (04/26/84) was arrested and booked at San Diego County Jail on the listed charges:
• 245(c) PC – Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Peace Officer
• 459 PC - Burglary
• 11550(a) H&S – Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance
• 23152(a) CVC (drugs) – Driving Under the Influence of Drugs
• 2800.2 CVC – Evading
• 182(a)(1) PC – Conspiracy
Terri Marie BRIGGS (12/16/73) was arrested and booked at Las Colinas Women’s Detention Facility on the listed charges:
• 245(c)PC – Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Peace Officer
• 459 PC - Burglary
• 148(a)(1) PC – Resisting Arrest
• 182 PC(a)(1) - Conspiracy