Conviction and deadlock reached in La Jolla robbery
Published - 09/03/15 - 10:37 AM | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A jury has convicted a Moreno Valley man of robbing two women in La Jolla, but the same jury deadlocked on whether he was guilty of kidnapping the women or carjacking them.

The question of a retrial on the unresolved counts against Keith Russell Luckett, 25, is set for a hearing on Tuesday, Oct. 6 before San Diego Superior Court Judge Louis Hanoian. The sentencing won’t take place until after the retrial issue is resolved.

Deputy District Attorney Jessica Coto said Luckett faces six years in prison for the two counts of robbery. If he’s convicted of two counts of kidnapping for robbery, he would face two life terms in prison with eligibility for parole.

The two women were in front of the La Jolla Women’s Club, at 7791 Draper St., on May 4, 2014 when a man approached them and exposed the handle of a black gun in his waistband. One woman said she had no money, and he forced the women into their rental car and told them to drive to their bank. One victim drove to a bank ATM on Silverado Street in La Jolla while the man threatened the women.

The woman withdrew $500 from her ATM, and Luckett allegedly forced the women to drive to Chase Bank, at 7777 Girard Ave. in La Jolla, where the other woman withdrew $500 from an ATM and surrendered the money to him. He fled shortly afterward, and the women contacted police.

A DNA sample from the car was a match with Luckett. He had also had a DNA profile following an arrest for allegedly threatening his father-in-law.

His attorney argued there was no carjacking since one of the women drove the car, and he said it was not a kidnapping either.

Luckett remains in the central jail without bail.
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