Armed robber uses demand note in cellphone store heist


SAN DIEGO – Police Wednesday were searching for a robber who allegedly used a demand note and then flashed a handgun at an incredulous victim while robbing a cellphone retail store in southeast San Diego’s Jamacha- Lomita neighborhood.

The heist at the Metro PCS store at 952 Cardiff St. happened just before 7:30 p.m. Tuesday when the suspect walked up to an employee behind a counter and handed over a demand note, San Diego police Officer John Buttle said.

“The victim asked the suspect if he was serious,” Buttle said. “The suspect moved around the counter (and) lifted his shirt, displaying a handgun.”

An undisclosed amount of cash was turned over to the suspect, who left the store and was seen walking down the street and going into a nearby house, Buttle said. Police checked the house but did not find the suspect there.

The robber was described as a 5-foot-3-inch to 5-foot-7-inch black man in his 20s with a thin build. He was last seen wearing a black hoodie and jeans.

Robbery detectives were dispatched to the scene and were investigating the incident.