Highlighted Cases: Two recent robberies.

On April 11 at 6:44 p.m. the Shell Gas Station at 9090 Dallas St. was robbed of cash by a man armed with a handgun. The suspect was described as a black male, 20-25 years old, 5’-11” tall, 150 pounds with braided hair. He was wearing a black baseball cap, black T-shirt, and black jeans. As the suspect exited the store, he met up with a second suspect who appeared to be acting as a lookout. The second suspect was described as a black male, 20-25 years old, with long hair. He was wearing a baseball cap and a red jacket over a white T-shirt.

On April 13 at 9:49 PM an unarmed security guard was robbed by 2 men at knife-point at 7500 Parkway Drive. The first suspect was described as a black male, 30-40 years old, 6’2” tall, 165 pounds wearing dark clothing. The second suspect was described as a black male, 30-40 years old, 6’ tall, 230 pounds, wearing a black beanie, gray hoodie and jeans. The knife was described as a hunting knife with an 8” long jagged blade.
Both investigations are ongoing. If you have any information, please call La Mesa Police at (619) 667-1400.

Traffic Information: 71 citations for distracted driving.
The La Mesa Police Department is continuing its zero tolerance approach to drivers who let their attention be primarily focused on tasks other than driving. Since the beginning of the state-wide campaign on April 1st, La Mesa Police Officers have issued 71 citations for violations of talking on a cell phone or texting while driving. The act of talking on a cell phone can reduce more than 35% of the brain activity needed for driving. Parents and other adults need to set a positive example. Start by never calling or texting anyone, especially your kids, when there is a possibility they might be driving. The first violation will cost a minimum of $159 and a second violation at least $279.

Crime Prevention/Emergency Preparedness: Training available.
Did you know that La Mesa Neighborhood Watch now includes an emergency preparedness presentation? At the first, or next, meeting of Neighborhood Watch, a representative from Heartland Fire and Rescue will provide tips on stocking a supply kit, describe how to access accurate information during an emergency and where to receive advanced safety training including the Community Emergency Response Team class schedule. For more information on Neighborhood Watch, or to schedule a meeting, please call the La Mesa Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit at (619)-667-7545.

Department Information:
Help solve a cold Homicide case: http://www.cityoflamesa.com/DocumentView.aspx?DID=2487

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