Man shot in Ocean Beach after refusing to turn over cellphone to robber

Patrol police car

The man’s injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.


A 48-year-old man was shot in the abdomen and a hand after refusing to turn over his cellphone to a robber in Ocean Beach early March 14, according to San Diego police.

The victim was on the corner of Lotus and Abbott streets at about 12:45 a.m. when a young man approached and demanded that he turn over his phone, police Officer Robert Heims said.

The victim refused and the robber fired. The bullet appeared to have gone through the victim’s hand and into his lower abdomen, Heims said. The victim was taken to a hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.

The robber was seen headed north on Abbott Street in a dark sedan. He was described as a thin White man between 20 and 25 years old and about 5 feet 8 inches tall. He was wearing dark clothing.


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