Two suspects arrested after late night crime spree
SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A flattened front tire gave San Diego police officers the break they needed to arrest two suspects in the robbery of an auto parts store, the sexual assault of an employee and the carjacking of a getaway vehicle, authorities said Tuesday.
The crime spree began around 10 p.m. Monday at the AutoZone parts store in the 6900 block of Paradise Valley Road, said San Diego police Lt. David Rohowits.
Two men entered the store just before closing, displayed handguns and confronted a man and woman who worked there, he said. They tied up both employees in the back of the store while helping themselves to cash.
“During the robbery, one of the suspects sexually assaulted the female employee in the back room of the store,” Rohowits said.
The robbers then fled on foot westbound on Paradise Valley Road and carjacked a 2007 Saturn at gunpoint on Doriana Street, he said.
Officers located the vehicle eastbound on the South Bay (54) Parkway and pursued it to Sweetwater Road (125 Toll Road), he said.
When the right front tire became flat, the man driving the vehicle pulled over and was taken into custody, Rohowits said.
The passenger ran from the vehicle into an open field but, as a police helicopter illuminated the scene, a police dog caught up with him, bit him, and he was arrested, the lieutenant said.