Attack Caught on Cam as Witnesses Watch

Police Hoping Camera Catches Suspects

A $1,000 reward is up for grabs for information leading to an arrest of two men seen mugging a man at a trolley station while others watched.

"It was a brazen attack," said Lt. Andra Brown when describing an attack on a man at a downtown trolley stop.

The attack happened a little before 1:00pm on Jan. 11 at the Park Boulevard and Market Street trolley stop.  San Diego police released the surveillance video on Wednesday.  According to police, the suspects first approached the man on the trolley demanding his wallet and i-Phone.  When the man refused, they followed him off the train.

The video shows the two suspects tackling the victim and repeatedly punching and kicking him.  And while it's happening, at least two witnesses can be seen in the picture sitting in chairs watching.  One of the witnesses was just a few feet away.

However, when asked if those people should have stepped in to help, Lt. Brown said, that is not always the best choice for a witness.  She says only if people have special military, defense, or law enforcement training, and they feel comfortable helping, should they get involved.

"It's always a safe bet to observe and report, to be a good witness," said Brown.

One of the witnesses did alert transit security after the attack.  The victim was able to fight his way free, and run away.  Police say the suspects got away with the victim's wallet and phone.

The suspects are described as two black males between the ages of 18 and 20 years old.  One suspect is between 5'10" and 5'11" weighing 170 to 180 pounds with a normal to muscular build and wearing a black baseball cap.  The other suspect is between 5'9" tall weighing from 140 to 160 pounds with a thin very dark build.  Police say that suspect was wearing a shiny blue jacket with the words "Rucker" printed on it.  The other is described

Crimestoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

"Broad daylight is not a cloak of safety," said Lt. Brown, "Crime can happen anytime and citizens need to be incredibly aware."

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