Restaurant employee shoots armed would-be robbers

By Allison Sampite-Montecalvo and Susan Shroder, U-T San Diego | 11:53 P.M.JAN. 3, 2014 | Updated 4:01 P.M.JAN. 4, 2014

VISTA — An employee at a Vista restaurant fired shots at two men who tried to rob the business at gunpoint Friday night, a sheriff’s official said.

The attempted robbery was reported about 9:40 p.m. at Uncle Tony’s Italian Cuisine on Sycamore Avenue, near Shadowridge Drive.

The employee said he fired eight shots at the attempted robbers while inside the business, but they fled without taking anything, sheriff’s deputies said. He told deputies he thought he hit both of them in the upper body.

One was described as Latino, about 5 feet 5 inches tall, with a medium build. He wore a black hoodie, a blue bandanna over his face and khaki pants. The other man was described only as about 6 feet 2 inches tall, with his face covered. Both carried handguns.

Deputies said the men fled in a white two-door vehicle, possibly a Honda. Local hospitals were notified.

About midnight, two men with gunshot wounds showed up in the Tri-City Medical Center emergency room, deputies said. Vista detectives arrived to interview the men, who said they were shot while walking near John Landis Park in Oceanside, but neither man could provide a suspect description or location of the shooting.

Deputies said both men were treated for their injuries, which were consistent with the descriptions given by the restaurant employee, then released.

Detectives arrested and booked both men into the Vista jail on suspicion of robbery, conspiracy, assault with a deadly weapon, and other weapons and probation violation charges.

Because the investigation is ongoing, their names were not released at this time.



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