LA MESA -- An armed robbery on Maryland Avenue and a warning to watch your mailbox in these income tax weeks highlight the weekly crime report.

Case Highlights: On Friday, February 22nd, at approximately 3:06 PM, La Mesa police received a report of an attempted robbery that occurred in the 5300 block of Maryland Avenue. (Click on map right for location). The victim had just parked their vehicle and was approached by a man wearing a mask. The male pointed a large caliber semi-automatic pistol at the victim and demanded her wallet.

The victim did not have a wallet and the male ran off eastbound on Maryland Avenue. The victim was not injured. Maryland Avenue Elementary School was placed on lockdown for approximately 30 minutes while officers searched the area. A thorough search of the area  was completed but the suspect was not found. 

The suspect was described as an unknown race male adult wearing a hard plastic mask covering his face, approximately 6 foot tall and thin, wearing a light grey colored hoodie with the hood pulled up covering his hair and gloves. The weapon was described as a large caliber semi-automatic pistol. The investigation is ongoing.

If you have any information on this case, please call the La Mesa Police Department at (619) 667-1400 or Crime Stoppers’ anonymous toll-free tip line (888) 580-TIPS (or

 Traffic Information: This past weekend the La Mesa Police Department’s Traffic Unit conducted another speed enforcement operation, citing 27 drivers for speeding and impounding one car for a license violation. Statistically, speeding remains the number 1 injury traffic accident causing contributor in La Mesa.

Officers determine and gauge whether someone is “speeding” or not by evaluating if they are driving too fast for the present conditions or not. On city streets, unlike on the freeway, your safe speed is ruled by California Vehicle Code section 22350, which states: No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic on, and the surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property. Notice that this section never mentions a particular speed. Your “safe speed for the present conditions” is dictated by the regulatory speed limit signs in the area and the traffic, weather and road conditions.
Please adhere to the above Vehicle Code section in order to drive safely, prevent accidents and expensive citations!
Crime Prevention/Emergency Preparedness: As tax season begins, criminals know important documents like W2s, bank statements, as well as refund checks are coming in the mail. In the event your mail is stolen, report it to the Postal Service; visit

When packages or checks are stolen, also report the theft to the Police Department at 667-1400. Consider purchasing a locking mailbox, especially if you receive your mail at the curb. If possible, request a signature upon the delivery of packages.

To ensure a person is available to accept the delivery, send your purchases to a friend or neighbor who will be home, or to your workplace. Some websites with brick and mortar locations offer free or lower cost shipping to your local store to allow for convenient, secure pick up. If personal or banking information gets stolen, report it to the appropriate financial institution and closely monitor your accounts. If your social security number is compromised, contact the credit reporting agencies and consider opening a fraud alert. Contact the Crime Prevention Unit at 667-7545 for more information.

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