3 men arrested in citywide mugging series

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SAN DIEGO – Three men were arrested in connection to a series of muggings throughout San Diego, police announced Thursday.

Detectives investigating eight reported muggings from last week resulted in the arrests of Chicago residents Willie Myers, 23, Korey Alexander, 20, and 23-year-old Charles Dakatah of San Diego, according to San Diego police Lt. Scott Wahl.

Police tracked down the suspects based on one victim’s report of the thieves driving away in a white Toyota Camry and the clothing they were wearing, Wahl said. Detectives tracked down the car to find the three men and took them into custody based on vehicle and traffic violations, he said.

In each mugging case, the armed robbers would threaten people walking by themselves on the street, show a weapon, then run off with their wallets, cell phones and in one case a Segway scooter, police said.

Four of the robberies happened Tuesday night.  The first holdup was at 10 p.m. at Choctaw Drive and El Cajon Boulevard near San Diego State.  Ten minutes later, a similar report happened about four miles away in the 5200 block of Landis Street, police said.

Another person was robbed just after midnight at Garnet Avenue and Fanuel Street in Pacific Beach. The fourth robbery took place in downtown on 11th Street at 12:55 a.m.

Griffin said since the men were wearing masks, it was tough for victims to get a description of their faces, although in each mugging the men were described as black men in their 20s wearing black and grey hoodies.

None of the victims were injured.

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