SAN DIEGO – Two suspects were arrested on Wednesday for a recent robbery spree involving at least four victims.
According to the report, the victims were all able to give a description to authorities – two heavy-set, dark skinned males with a red SUV.
The suspects were targeting young individuals who were walking alone in western Chula Vista, said authorities.
They were able to obtain property, three cell phones, wallets, and cash from the victims.
On Tuesday around 12:30 p.m., the suspects attempted to rob a fifth suspect, but the 16-year-old victim was able to fend them off.
According to authorities, the suspects grabbed the 16-year-old victim by the hand and demanded him to turn over his phone. In response, the victim punched the suspect in the face and ran off. He was able to identify the victims and their red SUV’s license plate number. He reported the incident to police and provided the information he obtained.
The Chula Vista PD investigated the case and were able to locate the suspects.
The suspects were identified as 23-year-old Nicholas Solario and his cousin, 31-year-old Malaefono Sula.
Solario and Sula were charged with two counts of strong armed robbery, two counts of robbery with a gun threat, and robbery with a displayed knife. The robberies occurred on November 28, December 1, two on December 2, and the last attempt occurred on December 27. They were immediately arrested and booked into the county jail.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with further information, or any victims involved, are strongly encouraged to contact detective James Petray at (619) 585-5664..