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2 arrested in series of overnight assaults, muggings

SAN DIEGO – Police arrested two people and were searching for three more suspects involved in four separate reports of assaults and robberies in downtown San Diego overnight.

San Diego Police Lt. Ernesto Servin says the group of suspects hit their victims within a few downtown blocks and within minutes of each other starting on Monday just before midnight and ending just before two in the morning on Tuesday.  Victims he says were chosen randomly and were unaware of their surroundings.

 

“The other three individuals, the only thing we have on their description are black male adults and juveniles,” said Lt. Servin.

A pedestrian was attacked around 11:50 p.m. Monday night near Petco Park at 100 Park Boulevard, according to San Diego police Officer Billy Hernandez. The victim was hit in the head and the suspects took his wallet and cell phone.

Fifteen minutes later, a man sleeping at the 800 block of J Street was kicked in the head, eye, back and side, Hernandez said. None of his items were stolen.

Police received a third report of a robbery just before 1 a.m. at 750 5th Avenue. The victim was charging his speakers when four men approached him demanding his electronics, Hernandez said.

"When the victim refused, he was struck in the face with broomstick and several other males punched him while one of the males took his electronics," according to Hernandez.

Two officers who had just taken a report from the first victim were driving north on 5th Avenue when they noticed two people attacking another man, police said. They chased down the assailants and arrested them.

One of the suspects was a juvenile. The other suspect was identified as 19-year-old Thomas Jerome Munford. He was booked on four counts of robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and battery.

Police were asking the public for help in identifying three other suspects. Also, if anyone has video of any of the crimes they should contact police.

“We’re looking for video any other witnesses that may have seen what happened, to come forward,” said San Diego Police Lt. Ernesto Servin.

Hernandez did not mention whether any of the victims received medical assistance.