Man With Butcher Knife Tries Robbery

LA MESA -- A man brandishing a butcher knife attempted to rob the Cricket Wireless store located at 7014 University Avenue Saturday evening, but the store clerk proved to quick for the intruder.

La Mesa police said that just before 6:30 p.m. dispatchers received a report of an attempted robbery that had just occurred at the Cricket Wireless store located at 7014 University Avenue. An employee reported that the suspect entered the store, walked behind the counter and brandished a large knife. The suspect then announced that he was robbing the store and demanded cash. The clerk ran away from the suspect and left the store. The suspect then fled the store as well and was last seen running southbound across University Avenue. There was no loss. The employee was not injured.

Suspect Description: Hispanic male, 20-30 years old, about 5’7” tall, approximately 180 pounds, wearing a red sweater, beige or light khaki pants, and a brown baseball hat. The suspect concealed his face with a black scarf wrapped around his head. The clerk described the weapon as a 12” long butcher knife.

If you have any information on this case, please 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 You can remain anonymous, and be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in this case.

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