K-9 Unit Stops Robbery Suspect in Ocean Beach

The man is accused of robbing a gas station

A robbery suspect was taken to the hospital after he was taken down by a San Diego Police K-9 unit in Ocean Beach Sunday morning.

Police received reports of an armed robbery at the USA Gasoline station at Newport Ave. and Sunset Cliffs Blvd. around 7:30 a.m., according to SDPD Lt. Darryl Hoover.

Witnesses said a 36-year-old suspect  used what they believe was a handgun to demand money from the clerk, who handed over cash.

Someone saw the suspect then get into a vehicle – a stolen Xterra, as police later found out.

That witness called police with a vehicle description, and officers started to pursue the suspect.

Hoover said the man dumped the vehicle in the 4700 block of Lotus Street, running off on foot.

As officers created a perimeter, the suspect was spotted at W. Point Loma and Sunset Cliffs boulevards.

According to Hoover, the man did not heed officers’ calls to stop, so they released a police dog, which took the suspect down.

The man was treated at a nearby hospital for dog bites and then released into police custody.

Police are still looking for the suspected weapon used in the robbery.

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