Thursday, October 4, 2012
SAN DIEGO Two men were in custody today in connection with the so-called "Dare Me Bandit'' robberies of businesses throughout the San Diego area.
A 23-year-old man, whose name was not released, was arrested Wednesday in connection with the robberies, according to San Diego police Lt. Andra Brown, who declined to provide details of the arrest.
The second suspect, a 24-year-old man, was arrested Sept. 24 by La Mesa police on suspicion of robbing a liquor store. La Mesa police shared information about the case with San Diego investigators, who determined the man was connected to the "Dare Me Bandit'' series, Brown said. His name was also withheld by police.
The robberies, all carried out at gunpoint, occurred at 12 businesses in San Diego and at least five others in San Diego County between July 22 and Sept. 24, according to Brown. The targeted businesses were generally convenience stores and fast food restaurants.
The "Dare Me Bandit'' moniker stemmed from the bold way the robber walked into businesses with a firearm already out, making his intentions clear. In at least one case, he fired into a wall just to prove the firearm was real, police said.