Three men and a woman were arrested Wednesday after a man and his dog were shot and wounded during a home-invasion robbery in the Hollywood Hills, according to law enforcement officials.
Three of the suspects forced their way into a home in the Hollywood Hills home at about 1:40 a.m. while the fourth waited in a getaway car, according to a Los Angeles Police Department statement.
The suspects ordered the victim to open a safe and took large quantities of cash. One of the suspects then unexplainably opened fire and shot the victim and his dog.
The man was shot through the neck and taken to a hospital, where he was listed in stable condition, said Lt. Bob Binder of the LAPD's Hollywood Division.
The man's wife and newborn baby were in the house but were unharmed, law enforcement officials said. A number of witnesses who called 911 said they heard several gunshots and then saw a white Dodge Charger fleeing the scene.
As officers arrived, they saw a car matching the description and chased it until the car crashed near Pico and Hauser boulevards.
The suspects fled on foot, scattering cash as they went. The suspects were then taken into custody without incident, police said.
A robbery is defined as the taking of another person's property, from the person's possession or immediate presence, accomplished by force or fear. A robbery charge can carry serious consequences and may be punishable by up to five years in prison. Additionally, if a weapon is used or a physical injury is caused to the victim, there may be additional punishments as well.
The suspects in this case may face tough jail sentences for their alleged robbery in the Hollywood Hills because of the fact that a weapon was used to cause injury to the victim. There are, however, many instances in Los Angeles where suspects are wrongfully charged with robbery in which an experienced defense lawyer provide help. Two common defenses that may be used by highly experienced defense attorneys are identity of the possible suspect and determining the suspect’s state of mind at the time of the alleged robbery. The Los Angeles theft and robbery defense attorneys at Kestenbaum, Eisner & Gorin, LLP can help you if you have been wrongfully accused of a robbery or theft.
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