San Diego police were on the lookout Thursday for a gunman who stole jewelry and fur coats during a home invasion robbery in La Jolla and fired off three rifle shots as he fled, grazing a 76-year-old man in the face.
A female real estate agent who had shown the house in the 7400 block of Hillside Drive (at the corner of Via Sienna) to a potential buyer was locking up around 6:15 p.m. Aug. 1 when the robber demanded the female agent go back inside and show him where the jewelry was, San Diego police Officer David Stafford said.
The woman said she was only the real estate agent and didn’t know where the jewelry was. He had the agent open dresser drawers, then ransacked the house, telling the real estate agent to stay inside, before leaving, Stafford said.
As he walked outside, he ran into the 76-year-old owner who was just returning with his wife. The robber went to his car, got a long rifle and pointed it at the home owner, firing two rounds into the ground. He then pointed the rifle at the victim and fired a third round that grazed the victim’s face.
The owner was taken to a trauma center with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the face, Stafford said.
The suspect was described as being a white male in his late 30s, having blond hair and wearing glasses. He drove a black Porsche.
The five-bedroom, 7-bath home is listed at nearly $8 million.
Neighbor Sara Rosenbluth said she heard two gunshots shortly after 6:00 p.m.
“I thought it was fireworks. I just couldn’t believe something like that would happen here,” she said, though noting that the home adjacent to yesterday’s crime scene, in the 2300 block of Via Sienna, was robbed on July 2, as confirmed by police reports.
Within a half mile of Wednesday’s home invasion there were also residential burglaries in the 7500 block of Via Capri (July 25) and in the 7300 block of Via Capri (April 23), as well as an unspecified burglary/larceny in the 7400 block of Hillside Drive (July 3).
--City News Service/Pat Sherman