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

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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