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San Diego Man Arrested and Charged with Robbery

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of California

Assistant U. S. Attorney Carling Donovan (619) 546-4343    

NEWS RELEASE SUMMARY – January 28, 2022

SAN DIEGO – Patrick Harrison Hawley was arrested by FBI Special Agents and San Diego Police Department detectives late last night in San Diego on a criminal complaint charging him with one count of Hobbs Act Robbery.

According to the complaint, Hawley is alleged to have robbed the Metro T-Mobile store located at 650 Douglas Drive in Oceanside, California. During that robbery, Hawley allegedly threatened to chop the employee’s head off if she did not comply with his demands for cash and electronic devices. Hawley robbed the store of approximately $300 along with cell phones and other electronic devices valued at approximately $3,500, before fleeing the scene on foot.

Hawley made his initial appearance this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Allison H. Goddard. He is scheduled to appear for a detention hearing set for February 3 at 10 a.m.

DEFENDANT                                               Case Number 22mj300                                               

Patrick Harrison Hawley                                Age: 34                                   San Diego, CA


Interference with Commerce by Robbery – Title 18, U.S.C., Section 1951(a)

Maximum penalty: Twenty years in prison and $250,000 fine


Federal Bureau of Investigation

San Diego Police Department

*The charges and allegations contained in an indictment or complaint are merely accusations, and the defendants are considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.

This case is the result of the ongoing efforts of the Violent Crime and Human Trafficking (VCHT) Section.  Formed in 2019, the VCHT is tasked with leading collaborations between federal and local law enforcement in the investigation and prosecution of cases involving violent crimes, firearms and gang cases; sex trafficking and child exploitation; civil rights, and labor trafficking. The VCHT Section oversees the Southern District of California Coordinators for Project Safe Neighborhoods, Human Trafficking, and Project Safe Childhood. The VCHT Section also provides federal prosecutors to the downtown San Diego Violent Crimes Task Force-Gang Group, the North County Gang Task Force, and the East County Gang Task Force.

Updated January 28, 2022

Violent Crime
Press Release Number: CAS22-0128-Hawley