Police are searching for two men who are accused of robbing a business at knifepoint, with one of the suspects beating and attempting to rape a woman inside on March 15. According to ABC News 7, the two armed men entered the business and took money and video equipment while they held the victim at knifepoint.
While one of the suspects left the building to get in their nearby vehicle, the other stayed inside and physically assaulted the woman while threatening to rape her. The victim struggled with her attacker, and he then fled to the waiting vehicle. The two men took off and when police came to the business, they found the beaten woman inside. Police are currently searching for the men for robbery with intent to commit rape.
Robbery charges in Oxnard are serious matters and, depending on the circumstances of the incident, can result in even harsher penalties. California Penal Code Section 211 defines robbery as "the felonious taking of personal property in the possession of another, from his person or immediate presence, and against his will, accomplished by means of force or fear." First degree robbery (robbing a person in an inhabited building, who has used an automated teller, or is operating or in a commercial vehicle) is punishable by three, four, or six years in state prison or for three, six, or nine years if committed in concert with two or more other people. Anything else is second degree robbery, which can result in two, three, or five years in state prison.
Rape crimes are punishable under Penal Code Section 264, with those convicted facing three, six, or eight years in state prison. Being found guilty of attempting to commit a crime results in a defendant punished by half of what he or she would serve if he or she had successfully committed the crime.
Oxnard robbery defense lawyer Daniel Kann understands that a conviction can result in years spent behind bars and aftereffects that last far beyond a prison sentence. For a consultation from the experienced law team at the Law Offices of Daniel Kann, call (888) 744-7730 today.