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Theft Turns to Robbery after Argument at Vinaka Café

On December 14 at 7:05 p.m., the City of Carlsbad Police Department was called to Vinaka Cafe located at 300 Carlsbad Village Drive. The caller reported a person with a weapon had attempted to steal from the Café.  

Officers arrived on scene and observed multiple bystanders holding down two combative males.

Officers investigated and found that a white male adult and a white male juvenile entered the Vinaka Café and stole the tip jar from the counter. The employees observed the theft, confronted the subject and an argument ensued. During the argument one of the subjects produced a firearm that was later identified as an airsoft gun.

Witnesses intervened and forcibly detained the two suspects.

Just prior to the incident inside the Café, the adult male assaulted a female outside the Café. He struck her in the face, damaged her cellular phone and brandished the airsoft gun.

The adult male suspect was identified as 19-year-old Giovanni Matteo Ojeda Filippone of San Diego. He was booked into the Vista Detention Facility for Robbery, Assault, Brandishing a Weapon, Conspiracy to Commit a Crime and various narcotics charges.  

The male juvenile was arrested for Robbery and Assaultand was booked into San Diego Juvenile Hall.

An investigation is ongoing.  

For more information
Lieutenant Jeffery Smith, 760-931-2115 or jeffery.smith@carlsbadca.gov  

Police media contact
Jodee Sasway, Public Information Officer, 760-931-2105 or jodee.sasway@carlsbadca.gov

December 15, 2017