Orange County District Attorney
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
For Immediate Release
Susan Kang Schroeder
ANAHEIM COUPLE ARRAIGNED FOR SNACHING MOTHER’S PURSE FROM 7-YEAR-OLD SON OUTSIDE POST OFFICE
WESTMINSTER– An Anaheim couple appeared in court for arraignment today for stealing a mother’s purse from a 7-year-old boy outside a US Post Office in Stanton. Jose Guillermo Bermudez, 28, and Christina Amber Bailey, 19, both of Anaheim, are each charged with one felony count of second degree robbery on John Doe and one felony count of second degree robbery on Leticia M. If convicted, Bermudez and Bailey face a maximum sentence of six years in state prison. The defendants are being held on $100,000 bail and are scheduled for a pre-trial hearing July 30, 2010, at 8:30 a.m. in Department W-14, West Justice Center, Westminster.
At 11:20 a.m., on July 17, 2010, 27-year-old mother Leticia M. parked her Nissan sedan in front of a post office located at 10440 Beach Blvd. in Stanton. She left her purse with her 7-year-old son, John Doe, while she went inside. Before the mother returned to her vehicle, Bermudez is accused of ripping the purse out of John Doe’s grasp and throwing it to Bailey, who was in a vehicle waiting nearby. Bermudez is then accused of getting into the vehicle with Bailey and driving away. He is accused of speeding away and almost running over Leticia while she struggled and pleaded with Bermudez to return her purse.
The mother used a witness’ cell phone to call the police. The Orange County Sheriff Department responded, and a composite sketch was made and released to the media.
Tips led to the identification and issuance of a warrant for the defendants. Anaheim Police Department arrested the defendants on July 22, 2010.
Deputy District Attorney Katherine David is prosecuting this case.