Two robbed at gunpoint in Carlsbad
Two men standing outside a Carlsbad movie theater were robbed by a gunman, who they later chased but who ultimately got away, police said.
The men were standing outside Ultra Star Cinema at 6941 El Camino Real when the robber approached and asked for a cigarette around 6:40 p.m. Thursday, according to Carlsbad police Lt. Paul Mendes.
After being given a cigarette, the robber pulled out a loaded pistol, pointed it at the two men and demanded their wallets and cell phones, Mendes said. The victims complied, then launched after the robber as he ran eastbound toward an apartment complex in the 1900 block of Dove Avenue.
The men eventually caught up with the robber and tackled him, retrieving both wallets and one of their cell phones, Mendes said.
The robber broke free and used his own cell phone to call a friend, who showed up a short time later in a black SUV, he said. The friend got out of his vehicle and began beating the two victims before he and the robber sped off in the SUV, Mendes said.
The robber’s pistol was later recovered in a trash can near the theaters, according to Mendes, who said it was cocked and loaded.
Police described the robber as black and in his early 20s while the SUV driver was described as Hispanic and in his early 20s.
The victims’ injuries were not immediately detailed.
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