EXCLUSIVE: Crime Spree Suspect’s Family Speaks -Former firefighter Philip Hernandez, 40, went on a violent, three-day rampage across San Diego and was ultimately killed in a police shootout (Sam Spital)

COMMENTARY BY CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY SAM SPITAL:

“NBC 7 News reported in its November 5, 2012 online edition a former Riverside, California Fire Department officer of ten years who was age 40, went on a violent crime spree over a period of three days in San Diego with his newly married 18 year old wife in which there was an ‘execution style’ murder of an off-duty SDPD officer shot in the head at an ATM machine in Escondido. The police officer previously arrested Hernandez for having sex with a minor. In addition, there was another shooting, carjacking, robberies, and arson of several vehicles.

The former Chula Vista High School graduate had served in the US Army in Iraq was killed during a police shootout. The teenage accomplice said she and the former firefighter were married this summer when she was only 17 even though she alleged he raped her when she was 16. Other firefighters and family members were all in shock at what they claimed was totally uncharacteristic of him. The family believes Hernandez could not handle the sexual abuse charges and reacted with this aberrant behavior. The family and friends of the various victims, as well as that of the police officer who was killed, and the former firefighter and his teenage wife will be scarred forever as a result of such a horrific series of crimes. The teen suspect faces various charges including robbery, carjacking and making criminal threats, which carry up to 19 years in State Prison.”CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY SAM SPITAL

Robbers Dressed as Cops go on Crime Spree throughout San Diego

COMMENTARY BY ATTORNEY SAM SPITAL:

“On October 29, 2012. KFMB-TV (Channel 8) and CBS online reported police are investigating a crime spree in which two robbers were wearing security officer type clothing with the word “police” and a badge in three separate incidents. One actually took place across the street from my Mission Valley office in which the thief identified himself as a police officer and robbed a man in the parking lot outside a local bank. Later the same day, another robbery took place outside a credit union in Escondido when an off-duty San Diego Police Officer was using an ATM machine, and as the thief who wore a hat with the word “police” imprinted took off he shot the officer. There was yet another and third robbery in the Oak Park community of San Diego in which two individuals hijacked a vehicle in a parking lot of the mall as they wore vests with the word “police” on them and were armed with guns. As we face a significant economic crisis in America, crime is on the rise in various parts of the country. Hence, all of us need to be more vigilant than ever before.”

ATTORNEY SAM SPITAL