Hitchhikers Ask For Ride, Rob Driver 

LA MESA -- Police are looking for robber who held a gun to the head of his victim and demanded "your wallet or your life'' in a recent La Mesa robbery.

Case Highlights: On Friday, July 11, at approximately 8:19 a.m. AM, a robbery occurred in the 7600 block of El Cajon Boulevard. The victim stated that he was approached by a male and female at a 7-Eleven in Lemon Grove and asked for a ride to El Cajon Boulevard in La Mesa. The victim agreed and the suspects got into the vehicle. In the 7600 block of El Cajon Boulevard, the suspects told the victim to stop. The male suspect told the victim to give up his wallet. When the victim refused, the male pulled a revolver from his pocket and pointed it at the victim’s head and said, “Your wallet or your life”. The female reached into the victim’s pocket and took 30 dollars from him and then demanded his cell phone. The victim complied and both suspects exited the vehicle. The suspects were last seen running southbound on Parks Avenue. 

Suspect #1: Black male, 25-35 years old, 6’ 2”, 210-220 lbs., wearing a black t-shirt and dark pants, red hat, blue sunglasses and orange vest.
Suspect #2: Hispanic or Black female, 20-30 years old, 5’7”, 200-230 lbs., black tank top, white shorts with overall straps.
Anyone with information is asked to call the La Mesa Police Department at 619-667-1400 or you may also call Crime Stoppers’ anonymous toll-free tip line at (888) 580-TIPS (or visit www.sdcrimestoppers.com). You can remain anonymous, and be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 for information in this case.

Traffic Information: People often ask about motorcycles riding in between other cars and traffic. “Lane splitting” in a safe and prudent manner is not illegal in the state of California. The term lane splitting, sometimes known as lane sharing, filtering or white-lining, refers to the process of a motorcyclist riding between lanes of stopped or slower moving traffic or moving between lanes to the front of traffic stopped at a red light. Motorcyclists who are competent enough riders to lane split should follow these guidelines if choosing to lane split:

1) Travel at a speed that is no more than 10 mph faster than other traffic.
2) It is not advisable to lane split if the flow of traffic is at 30 mph or faster.
3) Typically, it is safer to split between the #1 and #2 lanes than between the other lanes.
4) Consider the total environment in which you are splitting, including the width of the lanes, size of the surrounding vehicles, as well as roadway, weather and lighting conditions.
5) Be alert and anticipate possible movements by other road users.

Crime Prevention/Emergency Preparedness: On Tuesday, August 5th, the City of La Mesa will be hosting an Emergency Preparedness/ National Night Out Fair at Grossmont Center from 6PM – 8PM in the North Target parking lot. This family friendly event is a fun and easy way to learn how to prepare for a disaster. La Mesa Police officers and Heartland fire fighters will be on hand interact with the kids and tour the emergency vehicles. Child fingerprinting offered by La Mesa Police. For more information, call 667.7545.

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