SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A man was convicted Thursday of robbing four banks and an adult bookstore over a five-month period last year, but jurors deadlocked on whether he tried to rape a female employee during another holdup.
Tykeem Deshawn Nelson, 20, faces life in prison, said Deputy District Attorney Makenzie Harvey.
A status conference is set Aug. 26 for prosecutors to announce whether they will retry five counts in which the jury was unable to reach a verdict.
Jurors told Judge Joan Weber that they were hopelessly deadlocked on charges of kidnapping for rape, sexual assault, attempted rape and two robbery counts.
Prosecutor Makenzie Harvey said Nelson robbed four banks, tried to rob a fifth and robbed several other commercial businesses between February and June 2010.
A woman testified at a pretrial hearing 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.
The clerk said she gave Nelson about of the cash register before he took her into a back room and told her he was going to rape her. The woman said she started to undress, telling her attacker she would comply as long as he didn't hurt her.
The woman 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 that they discovered his vehicle matched the description of one used in the robberies.
Nelson was convicted of robbing a Bank of America branch on May 28, 2010, and Chase bank branches on June 7 and June 15, 2010. He was also convicted 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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