By Pat Sherman
A masked man who robbed a CVS pharmacy in La Jolla Dec. 13 was later found dead in his WindanSea apartment from an apparent suicide — using drugs he stole in the robbery, police announced Dec. 14.
San Diego Police Northern Division Capt. Jerry Hara said parents of the 18-year-old white male suspect phoned a neighbor and asked them to check on their son. The neighbors found the suspect unconscious in his apartment in the 400 block of Rosemont Street.
Capt. Hara said police arrived at the scene approximately 6:50 p.m. Dec. 13 and found the suspect dead. Near the body police found a suicide note, an empty bottle of wine and several bottles of prescription drugs, including the powerful narcotic Oxycodone and the anti-anxiety drug Xanax.
The man reportedly robbed a CVS in the 7500 block of Eads Avenue at gunpoint shortly before 11:30 a.m. Dec. 13 wearing a suit and a mask like that used in the film “V for Vendetta,” police said. Hara said police recovered an Airsoft (non-lethal) gun at the Rosemont Street residence, along with a mask, a black blazer and black dress slacks (like those witnesses describe the suspect wearing during the crime).
According to San Diego Police Lt. Misty Cedrun, the suspect brandished his weapon at the pharmacist, staff and several shoppers, though nobody was injured during the incident.
A witness at the scene told
La Jolla Light
he saw the suspect arrive and depart the pharmacy in a white, Volkswagen sedan that matches one Hara said police found parked outside the Rosemont Street address.
Sources close to the
say the suspect was a 2013 La Jolla High graduate who worked as a bagger at Vons grocery store in La Jolla.
The results of an autopsy conducted Dec. 14 were inconclusive. At the time of this report, the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s office was waiting for a pathologist to determine the cause of death.