Southern California -- this just in

« Previous Post | L.A. NOW Home | Next Post »

Ex-San Diego councilman attacked in home invasion robbery

A former San Diego City Councilman was pistol-whipped in a home-invasion robbery Wednesday night, and thieves set fire to cars in the garage as they fled, police said.

Harry Mathis, 78, was pulling his car into the garage in the University City neighborhood around 9:15 p.m when he was accosted by a gunman, authorities said. Mathis’s wife and a neighbor were already being held inside the house.

Mathis, a retired Navy submarine captain, was carrying a gun and fired two shots at the robbers but they were not hit, police said. Mathis has a permit for the gun.

The robbers fled with an undisclosed amount of money and set fire to cars inside the garage as they left, police said. The blaze was quickly extinguished by San Diego firefighters.

Mathis served on the council from 1993 to 2000 and is currently chairman of the transit district. He reportedly was treated at a hospital and was able to return to his home Thursday morning.


No motive yet in El Camino High soccer player killing

Strong winds, low humidity could give way to rain by weekend

Daughter talks about father slain in O.C. stabbings of homeless men

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Comments () | Archives (0)


Recommended on Facebook


In Case You Missed It...


About L.A. Now
L.A. Now is the Los Angeles Times’ breaking news section for Southern California. It is produced by more than 80 reporters and editors in The Times’ Metro section, reporting from the paper’s downtown Los Angeles headquarters as well as bureaus in Costa Mesa, Long Beach, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, Riverside, Ventura and West Los Angeles.
Have a story tip for L.A. Now?
Please send to newstips@latimes.com
Can I call someone with news?
Yes. The city desk number is (213) 237-7847.


Get Alerts on Your Mobile Phone

Sign me up for the following lists: