SANTA MONICA—A man with charges for robbing elderly women once they withdraw money from their banks has pleaded not guilty, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office reported.
Dewayne Taylor, 38, was charged in case BA431210 with five counts of second-degree robbery and two counts of elder abuse. He entered his plea on November 20 and is expected to return to court on December 3 for a preliminary hearing setting.
Taylor robbed an 85-year-old woman on September 26 when she left the bank and was walking back to her home in South Los Angeles, Deputy District Attorney Michelle Dodd of the Elder Abuse Section announced in a press release.
Taylor departed in his vehicle after he stole the woman’s purse. The victim fell to the ground and suffered injuries when she tried to open the door of the vehicle as the suspect took off.
A few days later, allegations surfaced of Taylor robbing a 67-year-old woman in the 3000 block of 10th Avenue moments after she took money out of her bank. The woman suffered minor injuries after Taylor pushed her to the ground, while taking her purse.
The criminal complaint also declares Taylor robbed another woman in her 60s on January 13, 2012 in Marina del Rey. He is also accused of robbing two other women.
If convicted of all charges, Taylor could spend up to 16 years behind bars.