GROSSMONT CENTER -- A would-be robber tried to steal a deposit bag from a woman outside the Bank of America at Grossmont Center this morning, but in this case the victim decided to bite back.

Police said the woman was approached at 9:50 a. m. as she was walking from her parked car toward the Bank of America. The female victim was carrying her deposit bag, in plain view, under her left arm.
The male suspect approached the victim from the west while he pretended to be talking on his cell phone. When the suspect got close to the victim, he reached across her body and grabbed her deposit bag. A struggle for the deposit bag ensued and the victim bit the suspect on his right arm above his wrist.

After being bit, the suspect ran away and headed north on Center St. toward the intersection of Grossmont Center Drive. The victim lost sight of the suspect after he ran away.

Officers responded to the area and began a search for the suspect but he was not located. No suspect vehicle was seen or heard by any witnesses.

The suspect was described as a Black male adult, 5-10 to 5-11, thin build, wearing a yellow and black baseball cap, a tank top (unknown color), yellow and black short pants, knee high white socks and Nike tennis shoes.

The female victim did not sustain any injuries as a result of the assault. It is unknown at this time whether the victim’s bite broke the suspect’s skin. There was no loss because the female victim was able to retain her deposit bag.

There are no photos or video available at this time and the investigation is continuing.

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Comment by Deena on June 24, 2011 at 7:39am
Grossmont Center is really being targeted -- and people need to hide their money bags.  Don't let the thief know what you're doing.  Carry an over the shoulder bag, reuseable shopping bag, or something to conceal your money bag.
Comment by Steven S. Kane on June 22, 2011 at 5:08pm
Congratulations to this courageous woman!  The thug picked the wrong victim.  Self-defense experts teach that victims who resist strongly when attacked often have better outcomes than those who comply.  Of course, the exception occurs when confronted by a criminal with a weapon.  In that case, the victim should fight only when grave injury or death are otherwise almost certain.

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