Newspaper reporter robbed at gunpoint gets police response 4 days later

After a storm of criticism over the way recent shootings of police officers in Texas and Oklahoma have been handled by law enforcement, another outrage has been thrown at a local newspaper.

During a weatherbreaking assignment to La Jolla on Sunday, San Diego Union-Tribune reporter Lillian Tan used the Google Maps service to summon taxi cabs in the area.

But while in the area, she was robbed at gunpoint.

WARNING: Graphic images of the robbery provided by the San Diego Union-Tribune.

According to reports, during the robbery she said she was drugged, abducted and driven throughout San Diego County with a gun pressed to her head.

The following day after the robbery, the reporter filed a police report, but the owner of the taxi company denied involvement in the crime.

“I wasn’t happy about the way the whole thing was handled,” said Sacramento-based journalist Nick Tarsia to KSWB. “The San Diego Police Department is the number one cop, they work extremely hard, and to think they’re not going to help a woman get home safely, it’s frustrating.”

The owner of the taxi company said to KSWB that some of the information reported in the newspaper was wrong, but acknowledged that a police report is necessary to start an investigation.

The owner of the company was not available to comment to the Tribune when reached by phone.

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