Philadelphia Criminal Law News

Home Invasion, Attack on Elderly Woman Just the Beginning

Some people just don't get the idea that one's elders are to be respected. Instead, they just see them as easy targets to scam with fake products or to overpower and rob.

Maybe that's what Dimetry Worthy thought, who police arrested after multiple home invasions that included at least one attack on an elderly woman. Dimetry Worthy, 19, was caught wearing gloves and holding a hammer after allegedly attempting to break into Joan Stratz' home on Thursday, July 12, reports WTXF-TV.

Worthy is also suspected of beating 86-year-old Yevdokiya "Eva" Rulevskaya while burglarizing her home 24 hours before his arrest.

Since his arrest, police have linked Worthy to a March home invasion and two car break-ins. Young Mr. Worthy may be in jail until he can no longer be called "young" for this string of crimes.

Worthy has been charged with burglary, aggravated assault, attempted auto theft, robbery, and related charges, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The crimes of burglary and robbery are often confused. However, there is ansp;important difference between the two.

Burglary, or burgling, is breaking into a building with the intent to commit a crime once inside. Robbery on the other hand is a person taking your property from you, while you are there, by violent or forceful means.

What this means is that when Worthy allegedly broke into a house, he committed burglary as long as his intent was to take something. Once inside with Ms. Rulevskaya, when he took anything from her before or after hitting her, he committed a robbery.

Under Pennsylvania law, a robbery is a first-degree felony if serious bodily injury is caused. If there was a non-serious injury, it is a second-degree felony. Burglary, on the other hand, is always a first-degree felony (if the building is occupied).

Here, for just the home invasion and robbery of Ms. Rulevskaya, Worthy could be convicted of both burglary and robbery if the court concludes that the broken bone and stitches Rulevskaya suffered during the incident is serious bodily injury. If it is not, Worthy might only be charged with burglary, because it is the more serious offense.

In any case, with the amount of charges filed against Worthy, if convicted, it is likely that he will not out committing home invasions on elderly women for some time.

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