Local firefighters arrested in fight, robbery

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Three San Diego firefighters were arrested on
suspicion of robbery and assault in connection with a weekend run-in with two
brothers on a Normal Heights roadside, authorities disclosed Tuesday.

Vadid Cisneros, 36, Andrew Brennan, 29, and Gregory Econie, 26,
allegedly attacked the siblings, ages 44 and 46, following an exchange of words
near the intersection of Adams Avenue and 34th Street shortly after 2 a.m.
Sunday, according to San Diego police.

During an ensuing scuffle, the suspects allegedly punched and kicked the
brothers, whose names were not released, and stole their billfolds and cell
phones, SDPD public-affairs Lt. Andra Brown said.

“Apparently when (a) wallet was taken … there was a comment made of,
`We know who you are; we know where you live,”' the lieutenant said.

One of the alleged victims also reported having been beaten with a rock
or a bottle and losing consciousness momentarily.

Patrol officers responding to a report of a disturbance in the area
found the brothers and the three firefighters near the scene of the alleged
crimes a short time later. The suspects surrendered without incident, Brown
said.

The siblings were treated for apparently minor injuries, including
scrapes, bruises, a bloody nose and a twisted ankle.

The victims told investigators the dispute was sparked by an insult one
of the firemen shouted at one of the brothers, who were riding their bicycles
through the area at the time. The lieutenant declined to disclose the nature of
the alleged slight.

“It was a derogatory comment,” Brown told reporters. “I'll just leave
it at that.”

The suspects, who apparently had been drinking prior to the altercation,
were booked into county jail on suspicion of robbery and assault, Brown said.
They have since been released on bail.

Cisneros is a captain and 11-year veteran with the San Diego Fire-Rescue
Department. He works in the agency's dispatch center, SDFRD spokesman Maurice
Luque said.

Brennan, a 10-year department veteran, works out of a southeastern San
Diego station. Econie has been with the department for four years and is
assigned to a Kearny Mesa firehouse.

All three suspects remain on duty, Luque said.

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