Two transients accused of carrying out a robbery during which a woman was shocked with an electric stun gun outside a La Mesa toy store pleaded not guilty Friday to robbery and identity theft charges.
Dante Orlando Bahena, 18, and Katrina S. Frederickson, 24, were each ordered held on $100,000 bail.
A sheriff’s deputy spotted the suspects at state Route 94 and College Avenue in the Oak Park district of San Diego on Wednesday evening, La Mesa police Capt. David Bond said.
The deputy recognized the pair from a be-on-the-lookout alert, and notified police in the East County city, who found Bahena and Frederickson in the car in which they had been living and took them into custody, Bond said.
Authorities had been looking for the pair since Nov. 5, when Bahena allegedly confronted a shopper in a parking lot at a Toys “R” Us store on Grossmont Drive and grabbed her handbag.
“The woman struggled with Bahena, who then used a stun gun to finally force the woman to release the purse,” Bond alleged.
The thief ran off to a waiting vehicle and allegedly was driven out of the area by Frederickson.
The victim was evaluated at the scene for minor injuries.
Following the crime, the suspects allegedly made purchases with the victim’s credit cards at several South Bay businesses.
— City News Service
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