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Police Investigating 3 Armed Robberies Across County; Possibly Connected

Police were responding to a reports of several possible armed robberies across San Diego County Thursday night.

In La Mesa, a suspect attempted to rob a store on the 7700 block of University Avenue around 8:38 p.m.

According to La Mesa police, the suspect walked into the store while the clerk was throwing out the trash. The clerk followed the suspect inside but ran out when the suspect pulled out a handgun.

The suspect fled the scene. 

He was wearing a red bandana over his face, a dark blue or black hood, a black or blue and white plaid shirt, black jeans and black tennis shoes. He was armed with a black semi-automatic handgun.

La Mesa police said there were no injuries and nothing was stolen. They believe the suspect was also involved in two other robbery attempts in Paradise Hills and Spring Valley. 

According to the San Diego Police Department (SDPD), two men attempted to rob Apollo Liquor Store on the 2300 block of Reo Drive in Paradise Hills around 9 p.m.

The suspects walked behind the counter and demanded money from the employee. One suspect had a gun, police said.

For an unknown reason, both suspects ran away towards an alley near the store without taking anything. 

Police said one suspect was describe to be 5-foot 9-inches tall, around 150 pounds with a thin build. He was wearing a blue hoodie, red bandana and dark pants.

The second suspect was approximately 5-feet 6-inches with a thin build. He was wearing a black hoodie, jeans and black and white shoes.

Around 9:32 p.m., the San Diego County Sheriff's Department (SDSO) were responding to a suspected armed robbery on the 8900 block of Jamacha Boulevard in Spring Valley.

La Mesa police told NBC 7, the suspect description for Paradise Hills and Spring Valley was similar to the suspect described in the La Mesa robbery.

No other information was available.

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