A 50-year-old woman on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to charges that she threatened to kill her mother after multiple assaults, one of which involved shoving money in her mouth at a home in Glendale.
Zaruhi Pilikyan was arrested Monday in Little Armenia on an outstanding arrest warrant stemming from the alleged assaults, which police said started July 1 after she broke into her sister’s house.
After being asked to leave, Pilikyan allegedly started yelling and pushing her 86-year-old mother against cabinets, and choked and threatened to kill her as she tried to break free, police said.
Pilikyan’s sister, weak from chemotherapy, was unable to intervene, according to police.
After allegedly stomping on her mother’s bare feet, police say Pilikyan then grabbed her sister’s purse containing $200 and ran out of the apartment.
Two days later, Pilikyan allegedly broke into her sister’s home again, this time screaming as she forced her mother’s jaw open and shoved a wad of money inside, police said.
Pilikyan fled the scene before police arrived.
Her sister told officers Pilikyan was angry because she stopped receiving state-funded caregiver assistance when her mother moved out her home in Hollywood, police said.
Pilikyan faces one count of first-degree burglary with a person present and one felony count of elder abuse, according to Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
A judge also granted protective orders for Pilikyan’s mother and sister, according to Glendale police.
Pilikyan remains in custody in lieu of $100,000 bail and is due back in court July 24.