Marine Stationed in Hawaii Arrested in Hillcrest Attack, Robbery

A 22-year-old Marine was arrested at his base in Hawaii on Wednesday morning on suspicion of beating and robbing a Hillcrest woman last month, San Diego police said.

Pfc. Ernest Selby Epps was arrested at Kaneohe Bay Marine Corps Air Station on Oahu at 10 a.m. by Honolulu police in connection with the Dec. 30 assault and robbery of Tifany McClintock, 21, base spokesman Bill Buck said.

The arrest was a joint effort by the Honolulu police and the North Park-Hillcrest Task Force, a special San Diego police unit formed to help stem rising street crime in the area, San Diego Police Sgt. Dennis Love said.

McClintock and a friend were at a coin laundry in the 2500 block of University Avenue about 9:30 p.m. last month when McClintock, who calls herself a non-racist skinhead, was allegedly beaten and robbed by Epps, Love said.

Epps, who was stationed at Camp Pendleton for infantry training, is scheduled to be arraigned Friday in Hawaii and faces extradition to San Diego, Buck said.