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LA MESA -- November won't be a good month to text and drive in La Mesa. The local police have a special grant to fund extra enforcement of distracted driving violations. Talking on cell-phones and texting will be the main targets. Fair warning given.
On 11-01-12 at approximately 1:08 A.M., La Mesa Police Officers responded to a report of an armed robbery in the 8200 block of Lemon Avenue. The 20 year old male victim said he had just left his residence and walked across the street to retrieve his wallet and cell phone that he had left in his vehicle. While the victim was sitting in his vehicle, the suspect approached the driver side window and tapped on the window with a black semi-automatic handgun. The victim opened his door and the suspect demanded property. The victim gave the suspect his wallet and cell phone. The suspect was last seen running east on Lemon Avenue towards Spring Street with the victim’s property. The victim was not injured during the robbery and the suspect was not located.
The suspect was described as a black male in his early 20’s, 5’10”, heavy build, with facial hair. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt that covered most of his head and face.
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 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.
This month the La Mesa Police Department will initiate its 12-month long traffic safety program with the long term goal of reducing injury and fatal traffic collisions. Recently awarded a $55,000 grant by California’s Office of Traffic Safety the La Mesa Police Department will begin a strict, zero-tolerance, traffic enforcement program aimed at drivers and motorcyclists who speed and drive while “distracted” (via cell-phone use). There will be extra officers out on patrol specifically looking for these violations as they are the highest accident causing contributors in La Mesa. There will be more information forthcoming in a Police Department press release this week.
Crime Prevention/Emergency Preparedness:
Help prevent identity theft. Shred any documents with personal or financial information. The City of La Mesa, in partnership with EDCO Disposal, will host a FREE Shredding Event, this Saturday, November 10 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at La Mesa’s EDCO Station, 8184 Commercial Street. Limit two boxes per La Mesa household. Staples are ok. Shredding will be done onsite. No appointment necessary. Call 619.667.1167 with questions.
Help solve a cold Homicide case: http://www.cityoflamesa.com/DocumentView.aspx?DID=2487