WOODLAND DRIVE -- After what seemed like a long series of crimes in which the bad guys always got away,
the La Mesa Police Department is on a bit of a roll. For the second time this week, police announced arrests in the kind of crimes that have been making headlines over the last few months.
On Thursday, just after 1 p.m., police responded to a call of two suspects trying to forcibly enter the residence at 4251 Woodland Drive, La Mesa. The suspects removed a screen from one of the windows of the house and were trying to open the window when the homeowner confronted them.
The suspects ran to a Silver Nissan Sentra and drove away. La Mesa Police officers saw the suspect car being driven a few blocks away on Moisan Way at Garfield Street and initiated a traffic stop. Both suspects were subsequently positively identified by the homeowner. The suspects were arrested and later booked into County Jail for residential burglary.
Police identified the suspects as Brian William Paznokas, 18, of El Cajon and Ryan Izumi, 18, also of El Cajon.
If you have any additional information on this case or any other crime possibly committed by these suspects, you are asked 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.
These arrests followed the arrest on Wednesday of a San Diego man who allegedly robbed the 76 Station on Lake Murray Boulevard in the early morning hours of Nov. 13.
Though overall crime rates have been on the decline for a number of years in La Mesa, a spate of burglaries and robberies that seemed to occur along easy-access exits along I-8 and Routes 94 and 125 had residents debating the city's crime fighting record during the recent elections.
Police officials responding during the election time said they had identified a number of trends and were redeploying assets to respond to the series of events.