El Cajon sex offender arrested after attempted robbery of jogger: police

EL CAJON, Calif. – Police say a registered sex offender attempted to rob a man who was jogging in El Cajon Friday morning.

Around 11 a.m., a 73-year-old man was on the run when he was reportedly attacked by the suspect near the intersection of Mollison Avenue and Greenfield Drive. According to ECPD, the suspect demanded $5 from the jogger while holding onto his arm and reaching for his wallet.

According to authorities, the man fought back against the suspect and ran to a nearby apartment complex to get help. The suspect followed him until he realized the police were being called, causing him to flee.

The man provided law enforcement with a description of the suspect after the incident. Officers then found the suspect, 41-year-old Ian Farmer, nearby. At the time of his arrest, he was considered a homeless San Diego resident.

According to ECPD, Farmer is a registered sex offender and has a lengthy prison history, including theft, vandalism, domestic violence and sexual abuse of minors.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing. Anyone with further information about this incident is asked to contact ECPD at 619-579-3311 or, to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.


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