Police arrest suspect in robbery spree at Coronado Park and ferry landing

Authorities arrested an Oceanside teenager Friday night on suspicion of robbing a dozen people at gunpoint last week from a Coronado park in a frenzy that left three people injured.

Manuel Sebastian Hernandez, 19, is suspected in the Feb. 12 robberies at Centennial Park and a related attack in which a gunman whipped a woman near Coronado Ferry Landing Park, Coronado police say.

Hernandez was arrested Friday evening “with the assistance of our federal and local law enforcement partners,” Coronado Police Department officials said in a statement. Police did not say how Hernandez was identified as a suspect or where they arrested him.

Jail records showed he was incarcerated around 8 p.m. Friday at Central Jail in downtown San Diego on suspicion of 14 counts of robbery, felony assault charges with a firearm and battery with grievous bodily harm, and one misdemeanor count of carrying a loaded firearm. in public.

He was being held Friday night without bail.

“We would like to thank the victims for their patience and support during this investigation,” the police statement read. “We will continue to be proactive and work with our community to keep Coronado safe.”

Police say the robbery spree began around 10:30 p.m. last Saturday when a gunman approached a couple sitting on a bench in Centennial Park, near First Street and Orange Avenue, and showed a gun to them. fire as he demanded that they hand over their mobile phones and valuables. .

The man then robbed five other people at gunpoint across the park before approaching an eighth victim, a woman, in a parking lot near the ferry landing. He allegedly hit her on the head several times with the weapon.

“As the woman was being assaulted by the suspect, a group of three came across the assault in progress,” police said in a statement on Sunday. “The suspect then pointed his gun at this group and demanded valuables.”

Around the same time, five of the first victims approached and snatched the weapon from the man, who was able to flee and leave, police said. Two of those who snatched the gun from her were injured and treated by paramedics at the scene, while the woman who was whipped was taken to hospital for treatment.

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