A young man accused of mugging a 74-year-old College-area resident after contacting him via an online personal ad pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of elder abuse, robbery, burglary and identity theft.
Lucas Churchill Holmes, 20, was ordered held on $200,000 bail.
Police said Holmes got in touch with the victim through a listing on a Craigslist dating page and then unexpectedly showed up at his home in the 4600 block of El Cerrito Drive about 1:15 a.m. Wednesday. The suspect is accused of subduing the older man with an electric stun gun before binding and robbing him and placing him in a bathtub.
Holmes allegedly took the victim’s credit and debit cards and got him to reveal the PIN numbers before fleeing.
Detectives tracked Holmes down in El Cajon, where he lives, and arrested him about 3 p.m., SDPD public-affairs Officer Humberto Hernandez said.
Holmes faces 10 years and eight months in prison if convicted, according to Deputy District Attorney Scott Pirrello.
A readiness conference was set for April 21 and a preliminary hearing for May 5.
— City News Service
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