Two men pleaded not guilty Friday to charges that they allegedly forced their way into a Glendale home, beat one of the residents and robbed others at gunpoint before fleeing and eventually getting arrested, officials said.
The men — Cole Richman, 27, of Lake Balboa and Sylas Joseph, 28, of Los Angeles — were arrested Wednesday after their vehicle crashed at Concord Street and Wilson Avenue following a brief police chase.
A third man who was with Richman and Joseph inside the vehicle was able to evade a police perimeter that was set up after he fled on foot from the scene of the crash. He remained at large Friday.
All three men were allegedly carrying guns about 5:15 a.m. Wednesday when they entered the home in the 700 block of Patterson Avenue, which was occupied by three men and a woman, police said.
One of the residents suffered a laceration on his head after being beaten during the robbery, police said.
Richman has no criminal record in Los Angeles County, according to Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Joseph has a lengthy criminal record, including convictions for grand theft in 2003, attempted robbery in 2007, resisting arrest in 2011, accessory after the fact in 2006 and 2012.
He also currently faces charges for petty theft with priors.
Police detectives have declined to provide details into a possible motive, but believe the Patterson Avenue home was targeted.
Richman and Joseph are due back in court Jan. 14.
-- Veronica Rocha and Alene Tchekmedyian, Times Community News