LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced Friday the charges that have been filed against the man suspected in the terrifying home invasion of an elderly woman in the Beverly Grove area in broad daylight.
On Thursday, the suspect, identified as 31-year-old Dillon Klincke, was arrested the day after the 71-year-old victim was zip-tied, pistol-whipped, and robbed inside her home.
Klincke was charged with one felony count each of first-degree residential robbery and residential burglary, person present with the special allegations of personally inflicting great bodily injury, personal use of a firearm, and committing a crime against someone age 65 or older.
"Violent home-invasion robberies shatter a person’s sense of security in the place where they should feel the safest. They also generate widespread fear that can traumatize entire communities," District Attorney Gascón said in a released statement.
Officers with the Los Angeles Police Department were called to a home in the 6000 block of W. 5th Street, located near the intersection of S. San Vicente Boulevard and 6th Street, just after 2:30 p.m. Wednesday following reports of a home invasion robbery.
LAPD officials said a man broke into the victim’s home, pistol-whipped her, tied her up, and robbed her of her hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of jewelry. Following the robbery, the suspect left the scene in a beige SUV.
The elderly woman sustained minor injuries in the attack and is expected to make a full recovery.
Some of the stolen jewelry included Rolex watches and according to investigators, the woman owns a business that involves collecting jewelry. LAPD investigators believe she was targeted by someone who knew she had the high-end jewelry in her home.
LAPD detectives worked throughout the night and announced Thursday morning the man suspected of the crime has been arrested.
According to the LAPD, he is booked on suspicion of robbery and is being held on $175,000 bail.
Neighbors told FOX 11 that they are concerned about the uptick of crime in the area.
"It’s just unbelievable. This was always a quiet, safe neighborhood. There were little things that went on… car break-ins, but nothing major where you would see people getting pistol-whipped or, you know, zip-tied," neighbor Jason Anish explained. "So, it's truly unfortunate. It's a sad sign of the times right now."
Authorities have not released the name of the victim.