Armed robbery near La Costa movie theater

CARLSBAD — At approximately 6:42 p.m. Oct. 1 Carlsbad police responded to an armed robbery that had just occurred in front of the Ultra Star Cinema located at 6941 El Camino Real in Carlsbad.
The victims were approached by a black adult male in his early 20s who asked them for a cigarette. When they gave him the cigarette he produced a pistol, pointed it at the two victims and demanded their wallets and cell phones. Both victims complied and then the suspect demanded their car keys. They refused to give the car keys and the suspect ran east toward the Dove Apartments located in the 1900 block of Dove Avenue.
The victims decided to give chase and caught up with the suspect. They tackled him and began removing their stolen property from the suspect. They were able to retrieve both of their wallets and one of the cell phones. The suspect then managed to get away from the victims and made a call on his own cell phone. A short time later, a Hispanic male in a black SUV arrived, exited his vehicle and began beating on the two victims to assist his companion in escaping. The Hispanic male and the black male left the area at a high rate of speed in the SUV.
The pistol was recovered in a trash can near the theaters. It was loaded with five rounds and the hammer was cocked.
The investigation is continuing.

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