Police began receiving calls around 10 p.m. Thursday of reports of armed robberies spanning from Hillcrest to La Jolla. Victims said they were robbed at gunpoint by four men in a dark-colored vehicle.
The first robbery was just after 12:30 a.m. near First and Pennsylvania avenues in Hillcrest, police said. Around 1:00 a.m., a second pedestrian was robbed in the 4600 block of Georgia Street in University Heights.
The robbery spree continued on 32nd Street near Thorn Street in North Park around 1:45 a.m. Police say the final robbery occurred just after 2:00 a.m. Friday. A police chopper and two officers spotted a car matching the description given by victims going North on Mission Boulevard shortly after.
Police tried to pull the car over and the suspects took off, leading them on a chase through the Midway District. The suspects threw out some of the stolen loot during the pursuit. They eventually ran over spike strips and crashed into an SUV at Midway Drive and Duke Street.
The four suspects ran off after the crash, but police were able to catch up and arrest them.
Poilce say the description of the car by robbery victims was key in helping them identify the suspects and arrest them. Two of the suspects in custody are juveniles. One suspect was taken to the hospital after being bitten by a police dog. No one else was hurt.
Investigators found a gun not far from the suspects' crashed car and remained at the scene collecting more evidence early Friday morning.