Ceres resident Kiana Nesmith, 18, approached and pretended to use the ATM next to the victims, police said. As the man was getting his money from the machine, she reached over and grabbed it.
The victim struggled with Nesmith, police said, at which point a 16-year-old male grabbed the man by the neck and began to choke him. The victim let go of the money and was pushed to the ground by the boy, who fled on foot with Nesmith, police said in a news release.
Several people witnessed the robbery, and some called 911 and followed the suspects. They were able to direct officers to the robbers, who were taken into custody a short distance away, on the 2700 block of Fourth Street.
Nesmith and the juvenile were in possession of the cash stolen from the victim, who suffered minor injuries to his face, police said.
Nesmith faces charges of robbery, conspiracy and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The 16-year-old faces charges of robbery, conspiracy and elder abuse.
CERES, Calif. (CBS13) – A man was choked and robbed by two teenagers while withdrawing money at an ATM in Ceres, say police.
On Wednesday 5:30 p.m., the 60-year-old was using an ATM at the Wells Fargo branch on Fourth Street while, at the same time, 19-year-old Kiana Nesmith of Ceres walked up and pretended to use an adjacent machine, say police. As the man’s money was being dispensed, Nesmith allegedly grabbed the money and a struggle over the money ensued.
The man finally let go when Nesmith allegedly grabbed his neck with both hands and choked him. A second suspect, a 16-year-old male, then knocked him to the ground.
There were several people in the parking lot at the time who witnessed the incident. At least one called 911 and followed the suspects, who were on foot, relaying their location to police.
Officers arrested the suspects in the 2700 block of Fourth Street and recovered the man’s stolen cash.
Nesmith is facing charges of robbery, conspiracy, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The male suspect was charged with robbery, conspiracy, and elder abuse.