East County students robbed at gunpoint on roadside near campus

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LA MESA (CNS) – A pair of young thieves, one armed with a handgun, robbed five Grossmont High School students Wednesday on a roadside near the campus.

Three of the victims were walking in front of a gas station in the 9600 block of Murray Drive in La Mesa about 12:45 p.m. when the robbers drove up in a blue Nissan Sentra, according to police. A similar incident involving two other students also was reported Wednesday on El Cajon Boulevard.

In this first instance, the driver pulled to a stop in a driveway, got out of the car and demanded money from the students while a second youth sitting in the front passenger seat pointed a gun at them, Sgt. Dan Herrin said.

After stealing cash from two of the victims, the thieves drove off to the west.

The students described the robbers as Latinos in their mid-to late teens. The victims told police the driver had a mustache and “groomed” eyebrows, and his armed cohort had wavy black hair with light-colored tips and was wearing a long-sleeved orange shirt.

There appeared to be at least one other passenger the car with them, Herrin said.

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