Unknown Suspect Wanted for Threatening a Toscana Café Manager with a Gun

San Diego County Crime Stoppers and investigators from the San Diego Police Department’s Central Division are asking for assistance from the public to help identify and locate an unknown male suspect wanted for threatening a café manager with a gun. toscana cafe suspect

Detectives said that on June 5, 2013, at approximatly 7:00 p.m., An unknown white male suspect ate dinner at the Toscana Café (238 5th in Downtown San Diego) with a total bill of $108.00. The suspect told the hostess he would return after smoking a cigarette and walked out of the Café without paying. One of the managers followed the suspect to Lou and Mickey’s down the street. The manager lost sight of him and returned to the Café. The manager realized the suspect wasn’t going to return to pay the bill so he searched again for the suspect. The suspect was located again near Lou and Mickey’s but he had changed clothing. The suspect was originally wearing a brown suit. He changed into a gray long sleeve shirt, black pants and a dark beanie. The suspect was carrying a tan bag with brown handles and trim described as shaped like a bowling bag. The manager confronted the suspect and was sprayed with pepper spray by the suspect. The suspect ran into the parking structure at 289 6thAve and was followed by several witnesses. As the witnesses approached the suspect he pulled out a black revolver and pointed the handgun at the witnesses. The suspect fled into the parking garage. Video was obtained from the garage and it was learned the suspect had changed his clothing again and walked out of the structure. The suspect was last seen wearing a blue shirt, black shorts, black socks, and carrying the canvas bag. The suspect’s other clothing was later found under a car in the garage along with a replica 357 revolver pellet gun.  

Suspect Description: 30-40 year-old White male, 5’6” tall, weighing between 150-160 lbs, short military style brown hair and a tan complexion.   

A copy of the video can be seen on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnC0-Zn02e0&feature=youtu.be

Anyone with information on this case should call SDPD Central Division at (619) 744-9500 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477. Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in this case. Anonymous email and text messages can be sent in via www.sdcrimestoppers.com

  • Media inquiries about the case can be directed to Lt. Kevin Mayer at (619) 531-2675.
  • Media inquiries about Crime Stoppers can be directed to Officer James Johnson at (619) 531-1500 or Deputy Adriana Uribe at (619) 531-1547.


For information leading to an arrest, you could receive up to a $1,000 reward and remain anonymous.  The qualification of any person(s) for the reward and the amount of the reward for any person(s) so qualifying will be determined by San Diego County Crime Stoppers, Inc, in its sole discretion.  The amount of all rewards given shall not exceed $1,000.  Information must be received on the tip line, (888) 580-8477.