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Forum to address home invasion

A public safety forum will be held in La Jolla on Thursday in the wake of a home invasion of one of La Jolla’s most respected philanthropists.

On the afternoon of Feb. 6, a man allegedly entered the La Jolla Shores home of Ernest Rady at gunpoint. He held Rady’s 66-year-old wife and their housekeeper captive while he waited for Rady to return to the house. When he did, the suspect allegedly subdued Rady using a taser gun. For hours, the three captives were tied up in the master bedroom. The man eventually left the house, taking nothing but a small amount of cash.

Rady is one of San Diego’s best known philanthropists. The Rady Children’s Hospital and and the Rady School of Management at UCSD both bear his name in recognition of his generous donations.

The suspect in the crime is still at large. He is described as a 5'8'’ male weighing approximately 165 pounds of Middle Eastern or Hispanic descent. He is described as having a medium to muscular build and shiny black hair that could possibly have been a wig. At the time of the crime, he was wearing dress clothes: a black blazer, black collared shirt, tan pants and black lace-up dress shoes. He had stud earrings in both ears and carried a black leather bag with two straps.

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Anyone with information is asked to call the Robbery Unit of the San Diego Police Department at (619) 531-2299 or the anonymous tip line at (888) 580-TIPS.

The Rady robbery will be among the topics at a public safety forum to be held Thursday, Feb. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at La Jolla Recreation Center, 615 Prospect Street. City Council President Scott Peters and San Diego Police Department Lieutenant Brian Ahearn will give a presentation and take questions from the audience.