SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Jury selection is scheduled to begin Tuesday in the trial of a parolee accused of robbing a number of banks and other businesses over a five-month period and trying to rape a store clerk during one of his heists.
Tykeem Deshawn Nelson, 20, of Hemet is charged with multiple felonies, including robbery, attempted robbery, kidnapping and attempted rape, according to jail records.
The defendant allegedly robbed four banks, tried to rob a fifth and robbed several other commercial businesses between February and June 2010. He faces life in prison if convicted, according to the prosecution.
During an earlier hearing, one of Nelson's alleged robbery victims testified that on March 26, 2010, the defendant grabbed her around the neck after looking around the Healthy Back store on University Avenue. She said she screamed, and her attacker said he would kill her if she screamed again.
She alleged that she gave Nelson about $100 out of the cash register before he took her into a back room and told her he was going to rape her. She started to undress, telling her attacker she would do whatever he wanted as long as he didn't hurt her, she testified.
She said Nelson kissed her, then "out of nowhere," he said, "I'm sorry, this didn't happen. I'm in a bind." Then, he left.
Nelson was on parole from the California Youth Authority for robbery when he was re-arrested in June 2010 by National City police and members of the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force near East Plaza Boulevard and L Avenue after authorities received a domestic violence report pertaining to him. It was then discovered that his vehicle allegedly matched the description of one used in the robberies.
In addition to the Healthy Back store on March 26, 2010 and other commercial businesses, Nelson allegedly robbed a Bank of America branch on May 28, 2010 and Chase bank branches on June 7 and June 15, 2010. He's also accused of trying to rob a Bank of America branch on June 18, 2010 and of robbing a US Bank branch that same day.
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