A preliminary hearing was postponed Monday until April 8 for a man accused of beating an elderly El Cajon jewelry store owner with the blunt end of a hatchet during a robbery.
Travis Scott Kelley, 24, of San Diego, is charged with attempted murder, robbery, elder abuse and various other felonies.
El Cajon police allege Kelley first tried to buy merchandise from the 75-year-old owner of Hamlin Jewelers at 2234 Fletcher Parkway just before 3:30 p.m. Jan. 22. Kelley’s credit card was denied during the incident, and Kelley became enraged, police said.
He pulled out a hatchet and beat the shopkeeper with the hammer end of the hatchet, then stole a small-caliber handgun the business owner had pulled in self-defense, according to El Cajon police Lt. Walt Miller.
Kelley then allegedly ran from the store and jumped into a waiting Toyota 4Runner, allegedly driven by an accomplice, Ali Armeen Toombs, 21, of La Mesa.
Arriving police found the wounded shopkeeper, and his handgun appeared to have been the only item stolen during the crime, Miller said.
On Jan. 23, detectives stopped the 4Runner based on witness statements and a partial license plate number and arrested Toombs for suspicion of robbery and conspiracy to commit a felony, La Haye said.
Detectives identified Kelley as the suspected hatchet-wielding assailant and with the help of the San Diego Regional Fugitive Task Force, he was arrested Jan. 24 in Ocean Beach.
— City News Service
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