There were a few wrinkles in a San Francisco prostitute’s vicious plan to repeatedly shake down an
82-year-old john, prosecutors said.
Lynette Derouen, 38, who was on probation for grand theft after she stole from the former repeat customer last year, allegedly ignored a subsequent court order to stay away from the San Mateo man, said San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.
On Friday, prosecutors said, Derouen stormed into the man’s home through an unlocked door, pushed him to the ground and beat him with a brick after he refused to give her cash. After leaving him in a bloody heap, she stole his car, cellphones, about $1,500 in cash and a new TV, Wagstaffe said.
In an apparent stroke of good fortune, Wagstaffe said, the man’s home is across the street from San Mateo General Hospital, and a woman appearing to be Derouen was caught on security cameras that point directly toward the victim’s home.
“The film will show her walking out of the house with the TV and driving off in his car,” Wagstaffe said.
Last week’s incident was only one in a string of threats and thefts from the man. Derouen had been commuting to the victim’s San Mateo home for several years to provide services, prosecutors said. But over time, it was Derouen who started making demands.
She “started pressuring and threatening the victim to give her money and write checks,” Wagstaffe said.
The victim came forward to police in May 2011 alleging a robbery had taken place. Two months later, Derouen pleaded no contest to felony grand theft on the condition that she would serve only six months in jail. She was placed on probation and ordered to stay away from the man.
But after her release, prosecutors said, Derouen kept going to his home. Starting in April, Wagstaffe said, she went into the home several times to steal money and threaten the man.
On Tuesday, Derouen pleaded not guilty to theft and assault charges. She remains in custody on $500,000 bail and her preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 29.