A 20-year-old gunman who allegedly targeted 7-Eleven stores was arrested this morning, a La Mesa police captain said.
Michael Smith of La Mesa began his alleged robbery spree around 1 a.m. at the 7-Eleven store at 5650 Baltimore Drive, said La Mesa police Capt. Ed Aceves.
Wearing a red bandana, the gun-toting Smith came away empty-handed after the store's clerk began to yell "no way," Aceves said.
About 45 minutes later, Smith tried another location. Again wearing a bandana, Smith allegedly entered the 7-Eleven store at 7602 University Ave. and demanded cash from the clerk according to Aceves. This time the clerk complied and Smith reportedly fled with cash and a bag filled with cigarettes from a display case, Aceves said.
Then around 2 a.m., Smith allegedly targeted a third 7-Eleven store at 7607 Broadway, according to the captain.
Smith, his face covered once more by a bandana allegedly took cash and cigarettes from the Broadway location before a witness saw him flee in a silver car, Aceves said.
Around 2:20 a.m., a police officer spotted Smith sitting in a silver car parked near the 7-Eleven store at Palm Avenue and Echo Drive. The car matched the witness' description of the getaway car, according to police.
"Further investigation revealed that (Smith) was responsible for the earlier 7-Eleven robberies," Aceves said.
Smith was arrested on suspicion of committing two counts of armed robbery and two counts of attempted robbery, according to Aceves.
He's currently being held in county jail.
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