Police are investigating two armed robberies in University City that happened just a few hours apart.
In one of the robberies, the victims were forced into a car at gunpoint and kidnapped, according to the San Diego Police Department.
A 22-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman, both UCSD students, were walking in the 9800 block of Genesee Avenue around 2:15 a.m. Sunday. That’s when they were approached by two men in a silver Subaru, police said.
The suspects reportedly stole the students’ bags and threatened to shoot them if they didn’t get into the car.
According to police, the kidnappers beat up the man and then dropped off the students in the 10100 block of Campus Point Drive, about a half mile from where the ordeal started.
The victims hid in the bushes as the car left. They told police the car came back and fired one shot in the air from what appeared to be an airsoft gun before leaving for good.
A car was reported stolen in the same neighborhood about four hours earlier. Police said a husband and wife were involved in a fender bender on the ramp from Nobel Drive to Interstate 805. When the couple went to exchange insurance information, they said they saw a handgun. The three suspects reportedly stole their cell phones, wallet, purse and vehicle.
The couple’s car was later found abandoned in the 4200 block of 48th Street. Police said the silver Subaru from Sunday’s kidnapping had also been reported stolen.
The suspects in both crimes had bandannas covering their faces. However, police have not said if the incidents are connected.