Woman's Bite Ends Attempted Robbery

24-year-old fends off serial suspect in "Bank Bag Series"

A San Diego woman abruptly ended an attempted robbery Wednesday morning when she bit a man reaching for her deposit bag in a bank parking lot, La Mesa police said.

The woman, 24, was walking from her car near the Bank of America at Grossmont Center in La Mesa to drop off money for a nearby business where she works, but a man approached her shortly before 9:50 p.m. while pretending to speak on his cell phone, said La Mesa police Capt. Carlos Medero.

The suspect, believed to be responsible for at least seven other similiar cases in the county, reached across the woman's body and grabbed her deposit bag, and a struggle began.

He ran from the scene after she bit him on the right arm above the wrist.

She did not sustain any injuries during the assault and retained her deposit bag. It is not known where her bite broke the suspect's skin, Medero said.

The suspect is described as a thin black male about 5-foot-10 to 5-foot-11. He wore a yellow and black baseball top, a tank top, yellow and black short pants, knee-high white socks and Nike tennis shoes.

He was last seen running northbound on Center Street toward the intersection of Grossmont Center Drive.

The suspect is believed to be responsible for a string of crimes coined the "Bank Bag Series."  The City of San Diego has reportedly had five incidents, La Mesa has had two, and Santee has had one.

The first of eight crimes took place in the same Bank of America where Wednesday's attempted robbery occured, San Diego police said.

The investigation is continuing.

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