A prescription drug robbery made headlines last month when an unexpected incident caused the death of an 87-year-old woman. Robberies happen all the time and, often, no one is hurt in the process. However, an incident happened at a Citrus Heights pharmacy, which led to a collision between the elderly woman and the alleged robber. The authorities have apprehended a suspect that is believed to have been involved in the incident and he has been charged.
In the robbery, the store's surveillance cameras captured footage of three men rushing into the Rite Aid store. As they were rushing out, one of the men knocked a woman entering the store to the ground in the store's doorway, where the other two men appeared to step over her. Sadly, the elderly woman died due to the injuries sustained in the collision. The Sacramento man is facing felony battery charges in relation to the alleged robbery.
According to the prosecution, other charges are likely pending in connection with the incident. Since a woman died, some are beginning to wonder if more serious charges would be appropriate. However, this is an interesting grey area in the law as it appears that the collision was completely accidental, but that doesn't make the man who is accused of the crime automatically guilty. This is because he has the right to build a criminal defense strategy in response to these serious allegations.
The man accused of the crime was apprehended in Las Vegas and extradited to California, where he is currently held on a $1M dollar bail. He was previously on probation for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. While security footage was released to the public, it wasn't apparent just who was pictured in the surveillance footage. While the prosecution does not usually make its evidence known to the public prior to the trial, all accused of a crime are innocent until proven guilty.
Source: sacbee.com, "Rite Aid robbery suspect could face charges in shopper's death," Darrell Smith, January 3, 2018