A business meeting turns violent in downtown San Diego

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – The owner of Royal India, located at the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter, is now calling for more to be done about San Diego’s homeless crisis.

The attack was all captured on a security camera. You see, the moments when a gate used to block the patio was thrown at the victim and several others.

What should be a business meeting for Sam Kambo has turned into a violent encounter with someone he says is homeless.

“He took this salesperson from a company – a female” and just hit her back to back to back until she fell to the floor, Sam Kambol said.

Kambol has owned Royal India for 18 years.

He said the brief but dangerous encounter shows how bad the area is getting.

“We’re losing employees because they don’t want to work in a place that’s not safe in an area that’s not safe and the convention delegates. Next time they’ll think about whether they should come to San Diego,” said the Kambol. .

Kambo said he saw a spike in activity after the homeless shelter at the convention center closed in the spring of 2021.

“I’m telling my story today because I really want to save the community – Save the Gaslamp and bring a good name. Keep the good name that San Diego has,” he said.

Kambo said there must be solutions because what is in place now is not working.

“When they find a job – encourage them – that you match what they earn, so that they want to work,” said Kambol.

He wants more patrols on 4th Avenue and 6th Avenue.

The Gaslamp Quarter Association said it has extra patrols in place on top of San Diego police patrolling the area, Wednesday through Sunday, starting at noon. The Gaslamp Quarter has 24/7 security through “Clean and Safe” and adds that activity has decreased since vendors were banned from the area.

San Diego police said the suspect was arrested.

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