A 38-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he robbed elderly women who had withdrawn money from their banks, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has announced.
The defendant, Dewayne Taylor, 38, is charged with five counts of second-degree robbery and two counts of elder abuse. He is expected to return to court Dec. 3 for a preliminary hearing.
Deputy District Attorney Michelle Dodd, of the Elder Abuse Section, said Taylor robbed an 85-year-old woman on Sept. 26 as she walked back to her home from an undisclosed bank. Taylor fled in a car after he grabbed the woman’s purse, the prosecutor added. The victim was injured after she ran up to the vehicle, tried to open the door and fell as the vehicle sped away.
Taylor is also accused of robbing a 67-year-old woman several days later in the 3000 block of 10th Avenue after she withdrew money from her bank. Taylor stole the woman’s purse, pushed her to the ground and drove away, the prosecutor said. The victim suffered minor injuries.
The criminal complaint also alleges Taylor robbed another woman, who is in her 60s, on Jan. 13, 2012 in Marina del Rey, as well as two other women. If convicted as charged, he faces up to 16 years in state prison.
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