October 8, 2012
Three men between the ages of 18 and 21 have been arrested for the alleged robbery and beating of a bicyclist in Santa Paula on October 2. The three men allegedly robbed a bicyclist and beat him when he resisted around 1 a.m. near the intersection of Seaward Avenue and Alessandro Drive, according to The Ventura County Star.
The Santa Paula robbery incident occurred when the alleged victim was traveling home from work on his bicycle when he was stopped by three men in a car. The men demanded the bicyclist's money and when he refused to give them his wallet, they punched, kicked, and hit him over the head with a beer bottle.
After reportedly stealing the man's wallet, the three suspects fled the scene in their vehicle. A police officer who was on his way to take a prisoner to Ventura County jail spotted the vehicle, stopped them, and arrested the men. The three now face charges of conspiracy to commit robbery, robbery, and assault with a deadly weapon.
Robbery is defined under California Penal Code Section 211 as “the felonious taking of personal property in the possession of another, from his person or immediate presence, and against his will, accomplished by means of force or fear.” Robbery that is not of an inhabited dwelling place or of a person using an automated teller machine is a second degree felony crime. This is punishable by two, three, or five years in state prison.
Being charged with any form of theft crime can have devastating effects on one's personal and professional life, even far beyond serving time in prison and paying heavy fines. If you or a loved one is facing such charges, do not hesitate to contact the Santa Paula robbery attorneys at The Law Offices of Daniel E. Kann for a consultation on your case at (805) 290-4932.