A man who allegedly beat and robbed an 89-year-old woman in a Burbank home invasion last week has been arrested, police said Thursday.
Lonnie Garcia, 27, of Pasadena, was arrested Wednesday night in connection with the July 10 home invasion robbery and attempted murder that left the elderly homeowner with cuts and bruises, the Burbank Police Department said.
Police reviewed surveillance footage from a home near where the robbery occurred and were able to identify Garcia and his car, Sgt. Claudio Losacco said.
Garcia is being held without bail and is scheduled to be arraigned Friday.
Gerri Dickens was home alone on Friday night when she heard a knock at the door and opened it up to see a man she didn't know.
"I opened it up a little bit, and he pushed his way in and then he said, 'I came here to take your things,'" Dickins told NBC4. "And I said, 'I have no things.'"
When Dickins tried to fight back against the intruder, he threw a chair and footstool at her, and placed a sheet over her mouth when she screamed.
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She was able to call for help using a medical alert system.
Garcia was recently released from prison and is currently being supervised as part of California's Realignment Program, known as AB 109, Losacco said.
A second man was arrested after police arranged a traffic stop of Garcia’s car in Pasadena and the driver, Eddie Baca, 39, attempted to flee.
Baca was booked for felony evading and drug sales, police said.