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Paradise Hills Fatal Hit-and-Run Suspect to Appear in Court

The fatal hit-and-run killed a man who was grabbing an umbrella for his wife from his car.

A suspect in the Paradise Hills hit-and-run that killed a man grabbing an umbrella out of his car was set to appear in court Monday, confirmed the San Diego County DA's office.

Police arrested and booked James Arthur Robbins, age 47, into jail on Feb. 15, announced San Diego Police Thursday.

On Tuesday, the San Diego Police Investigations Unit determined that Robbins may have been the driver who fled the scene. He faces a felony count of hit and run.

Robbins was already in custody in mid-February for a parole violation, said SDPD Lieutenant Scott Bender. 

The arraignment for his suspected involvement in the death of Jose Padron, age 49, is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Monday at the downtown courthouse.

Padron was struck and killed along the 5900 block of Albemarle Street while reaching in his car to grab an umbrella for his wife just after 7 a.m. on Jan. 19.

Robbins will face charges connected with the fatal crash. The victim was carried about 40 feet from the scene before the suspect fled.

The hit-and-run suspect was traveling eastbound on Albemarle St. when he lost control and crossed over a center median.

The driver sideswiped a parked car, then struck the victim's parked car and the victim, Padron, who was standing next to the parked car. The driver of the vehicle did not stop and fled the scene, said police.

Police said the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information can call the San Diego Police Department at 619-531-2000 or the anonymous Crime Stoppers line at 888-580-8477.

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