February 4, 2014
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Here is an update on this developing story about a series of pedestrian robberies that began in OB on Sunday night.
- The arrest made Monday is now known to be that of the suspected getaway driver, Benjamin Hernandez, 23, who is from National City; he’s in jail with a $100,000. One of the victims luckily got the license plate numbers of the get-away car.
- Law enforcement is busy trying to identify and locate the other new suspects.
- Authorities are still saying it was “six” robberies, but according to the various news sources, it could have included up to 8 actual thefts.
- Police are saying there was a total of 10 victims.
- Also, it is being reported that the last robbery was up at UCSD, where 2 students were robbed around 11:20 a.m.
An arrest has been made by San Diego police of one of three suspects involved in a pedestrian robbery spree that began in Ocean Beach on Sunday night, February 2. There were 6 robberies in all, and they stretched from OB to Mission Beach to Hillcrest and Golden Hill.
Police arrested one Benjamin Hernandez on Monday in the Mid-City area when he was seen driving a vehicle that matched the description of the car used in the crimes. Hernandez is 19. Two other suspects are being sought by police.
On Sunday, at almost 7pm, the first robbery occurred in Ocean Beach on Cape May Avenue near Cable Street. The second went down about 5 minutes later on Newport Avenue also near Cable.
January 29, 2014
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Border Patrol Drone Ditched Due to Mechanical Problems
Late Monday night, Jan. 27th, a Border Patrol Drone was deliberated crashed into the ocean about 20 miles southwest of Point Loma. Its government operators decided that due to mechanical problems, the un-manned plane could not return to its base at Sierra Vista, Arizona.
The locally-made drone was on a border security mission. US Customs and Border Protection issued a statement Tuesday that read in part:
“The crew determined that the UAS would be unable to return to where it originated in Sierra Vista, Ariz., and put the aircraft down in the water. The cause of the failure is unknown.”
We now know from the Wall Street Journal via CBS8 :
“… the drone’s onboard generator failed, and the backup battery lacked the sufficient power needed to keep it in the air.”
General Atomics Aeronautical, a San Diego-based company, made the drone …