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Elderly Couple Brutally Assaulted Behind Strip Mall on Broadway

A 70-year-old woman is hospitalized with possible brain trauma following the attack.

Updated 5:08 p.m. Nov. 15.

A 20-year-old probationer was arrested Thursday on suspicion of assaulting a couple old enough to be his grandparents behind a Lemon Grove strip mall and making a failed attempt to steal their high-mileage pickup truck.

The victims, a 63-year-old man and his 70-year-old wife, were collecting scrap cardboard in the 7000 block of Broadway "to help make ends meet" when Wyatt Kirk Bradley of San Diego approached them shortly after 2 p.m. Wednesday, according to sheriff's Sgt. Greg Hampton.

Following a brief conversation during which he gave his first name, Bradley attacked the man and woman, beating them and knocking them to the ground "numerous times," according to Hampton.

Bradley then allegedly stole the keys to the couple's older-model Ford truck and tried in vain to start its engine before fleeing on foot.

Medics took the victims, who live in the Encanto area, to Sharp Memorial Hospital for treatment of head and facial cuts, bruises and other injuries. The man was released later in the day, but his wife remained hospitalized this afternoon with possible brain trauma, the sergeant said.

Based on the description of the assailant and the name he provided during the crime, sheriff's investigators identified Bradley as a possible suspect. The victims separately identified him as the alleged perpetrator upon viewing a photo of him, the sergeant said.

Detectives tracked Bradley down late this morning in the Little Italy district of San Diego, where he had been hired to pick up refuse. He surrendered without incident, Hampton said.

Bradley, a Mount Hope resident, was booked into San Diego Central Jail on suspicion of assault, robbery, elder abuse and attempted carjacking. He was being held without bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Monday afternoon.

—City News Service

latresia austin November 16, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Lemon grove is getting scary. We need some reform in the little town and more community involvment.
Kim S. November 16, 2012 at 01:01 AM
I agree! I have lived here all my life and used to walk these streets everyday without too much fear. I now will not walk anywhere after dark, its a shame to feel that unsafe in your community even with a sheriff station right down the street!
Cori Borjan November 16, 2012 at 02:41 AM
I've also lived her my entire life and am sickened by this attack! This is not the Lemon Grove I know and love. It breaks my heart to say, but after 50 years here, I am done with Lemon Grove! Cori B
David Brammer II November 16, 2012 at 03:45 AM
I live in the house my parents bought in 1972. My kids go to school in La Mesa and we rarely ever shop in Lemon Grove. This city has become a haven for section 8 and the who's who of mental illness. A few years ago I took a survey over the phone. This survey was for the city of Lemon Grove and it's futher growth (maybe some of you took it too) When I was asked about small business growth I was all for it. I also said lemon Grove should focus on some medium to larger businesses as well. When I was asked about low income (disguised as "affordable") housing I said , "Oh God no!" The man who was taking the survey told me that that was the typical response.... SO WHAT HAPPENED? They ignored us and now we have a sudo-highrise of section 8 being built. (I miss Miller's Dairy, chinchilla farm, Daves Feed, Ace drive-in, HORSES, kids sliding on bare hills with an old piece of cardboard...all the things that use to make this place fun to call home)
David Brammer II November 16, 2012 at 03:47 AM
I do welcome growth.... progressive, healthy growth
James Davis November 16, 2012 at 03:49 AM
A Mt Hope resident found in Little Italy beating up these folks from Encanto in Lemon Grove. I hope they recover.
Stephanie Boyce November 16, 2012 at 04:29 AM
This is terrible! Unfortunately, it's everywhere not just Lemon Grove…even our neighbor La Mesa!! I subscribe to Nixle and I get at least 2 notifications a week about their theft, vandalism, assaults, etc... FYI…The Sheriff has a crime prevention specialist that will help neighborhoods set up neighborhood watches, Business Watches, etc… Here’s the link, pass it on: http://www.sdsheriff.net/patrolstations/lemongrove.html
James Davis November 16, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Thanks Stephanie. The RLA has also has an email address dedicated for folks that would like to report any photos or anything that they saw. We have coordinated this database with the City. rlacrimewatch@gmail.com
David Brammer II November 16, 2012 at 08:24 PM
It doesn't matter how many notifications you get about La Mesa. The amount of crime per cap is by far much less than that of Lemon Grove. La Mesa is still TEN TIMES better than Lemon Grove. Better schools, better walking areas, better eateries, better shopping, more choices, signal lights that are not retarded like Canton/Mass/LG Ave intersection. Better streets, cleaner strip malls, safe tennis courts, less gang memebers, WAAAAAAAAAY better parks, and so on and so on. So yes every city has it's problems but La Mesa and Lemon Grove are not on the same playing field.
all-c-ing-eye November 17, 2012 at 12:02 AM
Having lived in Lemon Grove for a short period,[had to relocate] I found it a comfortable place to be in. There are these pockets of LG with homes that people take pride in and neighbors that respect each other. Most neighborhoods that have a problem with crime find it comes into their area and that its not internal. So If one wants to brag about cities like La Mesa, great, its nice to have pride in where you live but its in very poor taste to say that your neighbors are to be something to look out for. Im sure Mt. Helix looks down on La Mesa to a point as well. There is nowhere in the country that somewhere someones blaming a nearby community for a problem not of their making. La Mesa is nice but your lucky you dont live next to Beverly Hills they would not appreciate your presence there and make you feel like you just tried to make the people of Lemon Grove feel.
Stephanie Boyce November 17, 2012 at 12:40 AM
I beg to differ...My kids attend school in Lemon Grove and they LOVE it! Our school has a great staff, awesome teachers and great parent and COMMUNITY support. I wouldn't send them anywhere else. We also shop and eat in Lemon Grove as much as we can. My kids play outside, walk to school, frequent our parks, and attend community events. We love living here!
LG Joe November 17, 2012 at 04:56 PM
It's called the trolley.
James Davis November 17, 2012 at 08:54 PM
LG Joe, there is no trolley in Mt Hope...
David Brammer II November 29, 2012 at 05:33 PM
It is NOT of their making... what are you talking about? The city is making it worse by adding all new section 8 housing. Your all seeing eye is blind. I guess LGL is painted on people fences by out of city gang members trying to help market the LGL gang. Have you ever been on Mt. Helix? Do you see LMPD or Sheriff? You see sheriffs because Mt Helix is the unincorperated area of La Mesa and El Cajon. Sorry but you can't tie those together.
David Brammer II November 29, 2012 at 05:49 PM
ONE school (San Altos) scores higher than 4 on API ranking. 6 is the lowest found in La Mesa. My kids attend a rank 9. Hmmm a 791 school or a 894 school? That should clear that up.
Stephanie Boyce November 29, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Hey David...if you love La Mesa so much, MOVE THERE! Obviously NOTHING anyone here says will sway your concept of Lemon Grove. I grew up here and enjoy raising my family here. We walk the streets, shop here, eat here, buy gas here, attend community events, rally for the schools (BTW - my kid scored advanced in almost all the subjects on the STAR testing last year, so regardless of the API score, I know he is getting a GREAT education!) If you don't like it here either be part of the change or stop complaining!
Sammy January 08, 2013 at 07:14 AM
It's not the town/city that is so awful... Lemon grove is cute and quaint but it's on it's way downhill and fast. I'm speaking for myself, I live in la Mesa, I don't look down on lemon grove and judge all the people living there but facts are facts all seeing eye, school systems are better in la Mesa , not as much crime, it's prettier and as the posters stated its due to all the section 8ers that don't have to pay rent, get food stamps unemployment etc... They're lazy, not all but there are enough out there with too much time on their hands looking for quick easy money cause they sold their food stamp money for drugs ... God forbid work .. No, these people wanna beat up old people steal their money... You'll see, if the people in lemon grove don't start speaking up the crime will slowly spill onto your streets where you live and your kids won't be playing in the streets anymore. I hope the elderly woman recovers :(

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