HOME-INVASION SUSPECT CHARGED IN ROBBERY, RAPE.Byline: Karen Maeshiro Daily News Staff Writer
A Palmdale man was charged Tuesday with 20 counts in a brutal home invasion home invasion
Burglary of a dwelling while the residents are at home.
Noun 1. home invasion - burglary of a dwelling while the residents are at home robbery in which two armed men raped four women and held four men hostage for more than two hours.
Richard Nieto, 28, faces a maximum of more than 200 years in prison if convicted of six counts of robbery, three counts of assault with a deadly weapon Assault with a Deadly Weapon is the term used to describe the act of threatening to harm one or more people by using a weapon (usually a firearm). Here, assault must be differentiated from battery as they are often confused. Assault is threatening to use force. , and 11 counts of sexual assault, officials said.
"The description of the assailant reminded some of the deputies of the defendant," said Deputy District Attorney John Spillane. "His picture was put into a mug show-up, and several of the victims identified him."
Nieto was being held in lieu of $960,000 bail and is scheduled to enter a plea to the charges Thursday in Antelope Municipal Court.
Nieto was arrested at a Sierra Highway Sierra Highway is a road in Southern California, United States. It runs from Tunnel Station near the north limit of the City of Los Angeles, where it intersects with San Fernando Road and Foothill Boulevard, as well as Interstate 5, and continues north to Mojave, mostly paralleling bar Sunday by sheriff's deputies who had focused on Nieto as a suspect in the Jan. 19 incident. Nieto is unemployed and has no prior adult felony record, officials said.
The second suspect still was being sought.
A paroled sex offender sex offender n. generic term for all persons convicted of crimes involving sex, including rape, molestation, sexual harassment and pornography production or distribution. , 29-year-old Jeffrey Alan Smith For other persons named Alan Smith, see Alan Smith (disambiguation).
Alan Smith (born 28 October 1980 in Rothwell, Leeds, West Yorkshire) is an English professional football player. of Lancaster, was arrested 12 hours after the crime, based on victims' descriptions of their assailant, but deputies say now they doubt that he was involved.
"Further investigation eliminated him as a suspect," Spillane said.
Smith had remained in custody during the investigation, but was scheduled to be released Tuesday, state parole officials said.
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3. deputies, the crime got under way when two men armed with pistols, and one of the men wearing a ski mask, entered an apartment about 1:30 or 1:45 a.m. in the 2000 block of Westwood Court, where four men and four women had just returned after a night on the town.
The intruders robbed the victims of jewelry jewelry, personal adornments worn for ornament or utility, to show rank or wealth, or to follow superstitious custom or fashion.
The most universal forms of jewelry are the necklace, bracelet, ring, pin, and earring. and money, tied up the men and systematically raped the four women, all in their early 20s, deputies said.
After the intruders left about 4 a.m., the victims freed themselves from their bonds and called 911.