SAN DIEGO — Two violent muggings in North Park this week have left residents concerned.
According to San Diego police, the first robbery late Monday took place on the 3900 block of Iowa Street. The second incident early Tuesday happened 90 minutes later, just one-half mile away by nearby 31st and Landis streets.
In both cases, investigators said the suspects were armed and violent, stealing wallets, purses and cell phones.
“We can’t confirm whether or not they’re related but we’d like the community to be aware of both of those crimes. And just to be alert. Watch your surroundings, pay attention to the people around them,” said Lt. Scott Wahl of San Diego police.
A resident who lives on the street where the second robbery took place said the muggings hit a little too close to home.
“I run at night but I’m always aware of my surroundings but you know, you never know. So yeah, it’s very disturbing,” said the woman who lives with her teenage son.
Since July 28, San Diego police say there have been 24 incidents reported in and around the North Park area.
Some residents told FOX 5 they are frustrated with the amount of crime festering in their community.
North Park resident Lois Sullivan lives alone and has lived in North Park for 25 years. She tells FOX 5 she is concerned about the uptick in violent crime in her neighborhood.
“Well I just had someone a couple of weeks ago try to get into my house,” she said.
In both cases, late Monday and early Tuesday morning, San Diego police said the suspects are described as two black men in their early 20’s and about 6 feet tall.
Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to call the San Diego Police Department at 619-531-2000.