Woman Attacked Near La Mesa Trolley Stop, Breaks Arm

THE VILLAGE -- Robbers attempting to grab the purse of a woman broke her arm Tuesday in an attack just adjacent to the downtown La Mesa trolley station.

La Mesa police said just before 9 a.m. Tuesday a woman was walking along the sidewalk adjacent to 4700 Spring St. when three males stalked her from behind and one of the males grabbed her purse. The woman held on to her purse as the suspect tried to pull it from her grasp. She was thrown to the ground during the struggle.

Police said the suspect fled on foot westbound through the north lot of 4700 Spring St. Two witnesses pursued him on foot, but were unable to keep up with the attacker. He was last seen headed towards Date Street. Officers responded to the area but the suspect was not located.

The victim sustained a broken upper left arm as a result of the attack and was transported by paramedics to the hospital for treatment.

The suspect was described as a black male juvenile, 16-17 years old, 5-6 to 5-7, 120 lbs., thin build, wearing unknown clothing. No vehicle was seen.

There are no photos of the suspect and no video available at this time.

This investigation is continuing.

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Comment by Craig S. Maxwell on August 11, 2010 at 4:42pm
4:20 update: For the last couple of days, police have been handing tickets as fast as they can here in Downtown. They still at it this afternoon. A number of dumbfounded business owners have gathered together on the street. They are not happy.
As one remarked, "Between the parking tickets and this crap, the city's really making visitors feel welcome in La Mesa, eh?"
Comment by Craig S. Maxwell on August 11, 2010 at 11:12am
It is distressing, Karen. Also distressing is the fact that serious crime is on the rise in La Mesa; muggings, stick-ups and burglaries have become all too common. Yet over the last few days, a number of our officers in uniform have focused like lasers on nailing businessmen and shoppers in the downtown area for minor traffic violations.
Watching the LMPD carryout their duties one morning were professional resident bum/beggar Larry Warner and one of his unidentified transient colleagues. Leaning up against a wall with their shopping carts, filth/rubbish overflowing, cigarette butts and empty bottles of booze lying around; they remained conveniently close to some nearby shrubbery that they use for potty-stops throughout the night.
Ever wonder about the city's priorities?
Comment by Karen Pearlman on August 10, 2010 at 10:46pm
Distressing, to say the least.

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