On April 15, at approximately 8:40 p.m., an SDPD van and patrol car arrived at the CVS pharmacy located on Garnet Avenue. As I approached the three officers standing in the parking lot outside the store, I overheard one of them say to the parking-lot security guard, “We’re the only three in the city. The City laid everybody else off.” I snapped a few photos, introduced myself, and mentioned that I’d overheard his comment about their being the only three officers on duty in the city.
“It just feels that way,” he said, “we’re just really, really busy.” Then the officers returned to their vehicles and headed west on Garnet Street in a hurried manner.
In speaking with the parking-lot security guard, I learned that the incident that had brought the three officers to the pharmacy involved a drunken homeless man who was reported to have entered the pharmacy and pushed a shopper to the ground. The man took off before police had arrived. The security guard stated that he had headed in a westerly direction. The perpetrator was identified as a 40- to 45-year-old male with long brown hair who was wearing a red sweatshirt and jeans.
On my way inside the pharmacy to interview the store manager, I encountered two seemingly homeless people who had set up camp on the sidewalk just outside the store entranceway: an elderly female in a wheelchair and a 5’6” man in his late 50s. As I walked past them, the homeless man rushed toward me, and with his face just inches from mine, he yelled three times in rapid succession, “I’m an ex Navy SEAL!”
The manager of CVS was unavailable for comment.