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Credit Card Denied, Jewelry Store Owner Beaten With Hatchet

A man whose credit card was denied at an El Cajon jewelry store Wednesday afternoon became enraged, pulled out a hatchet and beat the owner of the shop with the blunt end of the tool, then stole a gun from him before fleeing.

The assault and robbery in the 2200 block of Fletcher Parkway occurred shortly before 3:30 p.m., according to police.

Patrol officers arrived to find the proprietor suffering from numerous head injuries, Lt. Walt Miller said. The victim told them he had pulled a small-caliber pistol during the beating and pointed it at the assailant, who grabbed it and wrested it away from him.

The robber then ran out of the store with the gun, got into a tan Toyota 4Runner and drove off to the west. The license plate of the vehicle may include the character sequence 4XU245, Miller said.

Medics took the victim to a hospital, where he was admitted in good condition and expected to possibly be released sometime this evening.

The assailant was described as a thin man in his 20s with a light beard. He was wearing dark-colored pants and a black shirt.

The handgun appeared to have been the only item stolen during the crime, Miller said.

-City News Service

sheeple herder January 23, 2014 at 11:34 AM
Better ban hatchets now! See how stupid it sounds when you blame an inanimate object, kinda like guns....
Mar Cárdenas January 23, 2014 at 02:10 PM
Shoud be easy to track the cardholder through the credit card processing company.
Sylvan Tieger January 23, 2014 at 03:45 PM
Senator Feinstein stated "See guns laws are working" Mrs Clinton said "what difference does it make" Pelosi stated Bama approves of allowing more people into this country to help "spread the wealth" Boxer said call her senator then talk about new signs stating "This is a hatchet free zone"
EllyInSoCal January 23, 2014 at 07:39 PM
I don't know if the credit card was his or was stolen, but it should be easy enough to get his fingerprints off the hatchet he left behind. You're absolutely correct about inanimate objects not being reasonable to blame. It's the people who use them, who do or don't have the knowledge, training, experience. Both the robber and the jeweler got the other's weapon. The difference is that when the jeweler could tell he wouldn't be able to make the shot in time, he ejected the clip from his gun so it wasn't loaded when the assailant managed to get the gun from him. Best wishes for a speedy recovery for Mr. Hamlin (who's at home and expected to make a full recovery) and kudos for the chiropractors and mechanics at the shops on either side of the jewelry store for their part in chasing off the attacker and getting good descriptions of him & the getaway vehicle.

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