Three Los Angeles men were arrested and charged with burglary in connection with a violent home invasion in Duarte in March. Along with a fourth man, they are also suspected of similar burglaries in Los Angeles, Arcadia, Downey, Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena and Glendora.
Ronald Johnson, 24, Dion Smith, 24, and Timothy Johnson, 29, all of Los Angeles, are accused of breaking into an occupied home in Duarte. According to police, the men forced their way into the home after accosting one homeowner outside the residence. While inside the residence, they assaulted the other homeowner, and fled the home with property belonging to the homeowners. Outside, they attempted to carjack a witness, and then left the scene in their own vehicle. They are also suspected of committing two burglaries and two attempted burglaries that occurred on the same day.
Police were able to identify the men from surveillance footage. At the time of their arrests for the Duarte robbery, two men were already either in prison or in court on similar charges in other jurisdictions in Los Angeles County. If convicted on all charges related to the Duarte burglary, the men could be sentenced to between 165 and 200 years in prison.
An experienced burglary lawyer
If you’re facing burglar charges, you need an experienced burglary lawyer. Robert Helfend has more than 30 years of experience as a Los Angeles burglary lawyer. He handles criminal cases exclusively and defends clients in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.
Felony convictions in California are treated seriously. California’s Three Strikes Law requires judges to apply enhanced sentences to subsequent felony convictions. A third felony conviction that involves a violent offense requires the Court to sentence the defendant to life in prison.
Thousands of California residents have found themselves facing permanent incarceration. If this describes you, it is imperative that you work with an experienced criminal defense attorney who can help you navigate California’s criminal justice system. Do not wait, and don’t assume there’s nothing you can do to defend yourself.
Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County burglary case.
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