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Rossmoor Home Invasion Robbery Court Case Halted

The trail for the primary suspect in the home invasion robbery of a 90-year-old woman, came to a halt recently when the defendant pleaded guilty in an unrelated case.

Police are still looking into a second suspect in December’s home invasion robbery of a 90-year-old Rossmoor woman.

Shortly after the Dec. 7 robbery at gunpoint, Long Beach resident Tyler James Compton was arrested when a sheriff’s deputy recognized him from a sketch artist’s drawing. Compton was scheduled to go to trial recently in the home invasion robbery case, but the case came to an abrupt halt when he pleaded guilty in an unrelated case.

Compton will serve one year in jail and three years of probation for one count each of burglary and receiving stolen property in another case, said Farrah Emami, spokeswoman for the orange County District Attorney’s Office. He is not currently listed as an inmate at the Orange County Jail, according to a public database search.

It remains to be seen whether Compton’s trial in the home invasion robbery will move forward, but, at this point, there are no more hearings or trial dates scheduled. Nor has there been a second defendant charged in the case, although investigators believe Compton committed the crime with another man.

The Rossmoor attack began around 11 a.m. Dec.7 when a 90-year-old woman stepped outside her Weatherby Road home to retrieve a newspaper

"She uses a cane and (two men) came up behind her, put a gun at her throat, took her back inside the house and said, 'Sit down and don't look at me,' " her son, who asked not to be identified, said at the time.

The robbers tied the woman to a chair, covered her face with a towel and ransacked every room in the house, police said.

The robbers also "physically ripped her jewelry off her," tearing her blouse and popping off buttons in the process, police said.

Police investigated a possible link between the Rossmoor home-invasion robbery and similar crimes in Tustin and Cypress. Investigators suspect the robbers may have accosted two other elderly victims there. In the Tustin case, an 88-year-old woman was robbed after getting money from her bank on Nov. 22.

Edgar August 22, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Also keep this in mind: The average response time for a 911 call is 23 minutes. The response time of a 357 Magnum is 1400 feet per second. You have ever right as an American to arm yourself to protect your home and family.
The Beast ! August 22, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Edgar, I agree with you 100% and believe that we all should arm ourselves.
yup August 23, 2012 at 06:06 AM
I could do some damage if I had another arm.
Nia Hartman August 24, 2012 at 02:42 AM
Edgar, I don't understand. Was this woman supposed to carry a 357 Magnum with her to get the newspaper? If she had a gun it would have gone right with her jewelry. Come on vigilantes, get real. It seems you like statistics but you don't know how to use them. In science/logic we use statistics to make reasonable decision. The numbers have to relate to the actual problem you are looking at. She couldn't get to a phone to call police and she couldn't get to a gun if she had one. Those numbers have no bearing on the issues at hand. If you want statistics to support whether or not homeowners should protect themselves with guns you should look at how many gun owners have had the opportunity to thwart a robbery versus the number of guns stolen during robberies. But you won't want to see those numbers because they might discount your theory. Don't try and use science/logic/or statistics if you are not willing to accept what the data reveals. I doubt you are really interested enough to look up those numbers. You could probably stop more crime if you volunteered to be a mentor to at-risk youth or donated to a boys and girls club. It is a long process to help our youth grow to be good adults that can think and use science to make good decisions.
85points September 05, 2012 at 03:58 AM
So what happens if the 90 year old women is not alive by the time they get around to a trial? Sounds like the DA is on the side of the bad guy......

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