A parolee suspected of following home elderly bank customers and robbing them is behind bars.
Lee Harris Jones, 41, of Lancaster, is being held without bail at Twin Towers jail. Jones is believed to be connected with four separate incidents where he allegedly watched the elderly victims make withdrawals and followed them to their residences.
As the victims got out of their car, the suspect approached them and stole the withdrawal using physical force.
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The latest incident occurred Thursday, when an 82-year-old woman was assaulted in the driveway of her home on Bowie Court in Stevenson Ranch and her purse, containing cash and identification, was taken.
Detectives from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Robbery and Assault team investigating that robbery were able to identify a potential suspect. They also determined that at a similar case had occurred in the Acton area earlier in the week and there were two similar incidents in Glendale.
Detectives learned that the potential suspect was arrested on unrelated charges by the Los Angeles Police Department in the early morning of May 13. The vehicle the suspect was driving during the incident in Stevenson Ranch, a black Dodge Charger was also recovered.
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station officials are offering the following personal safety tips:
- Always be alert and aware of the people around you, especially if you are alone or it is dark.
- Educate yourself concerning prevention tactics.
- Be aware of locations and situations which would make you vulnerable to crime, such as alleys, dark parking lots, and remote, unlit, or sparsely traveled walkways and pathways. Whenever possible, travel or walk with a friend.
- Don’t set a pattern – use different routes of travel and varying times when walking, exercising, or leaving your house or place of business.
- Immediately report suspicious activity or persons in your neighborhoods to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.
- Be a good witness – Try to get a vehicle license plate number. If you can’t get the vehicle license plate number try to get as much identifying information about the vehicle or person as you can, such as color, make, model, damage, type of rims, stickers, etc. pertaining to vehicles and clothing, scars, tattoos, oddities, etc. pertaining to people.
- Take a cell phone picture or video of the person or vehicle if you can safely do so. Save/store the information in your phone or PDA.
- Write down license plates of unfamiliar vehicles in your neighborhoods in case something comes of them at a later date. The information may solve a case should a crime be occurring.