Suspects tried to rob man in apartment

Two people have been arrested after a home-invasion robbery was thwarted Tuesday afternoon.

Taft Police Lt. Ed Whiting said the two suspects barged into an apartment at 108 Center St. about 1:30 p.m. and one pointed a semiautomatic handgun at the victim and said he wanted to see what kind of property the victim had.

The armed suspect, identified as Floyd Bolden Brummett, 23,  turned away and the would-be victim Shawn Womble, 30, took advantage.

“When the suspect started looking around, the victim started to fight back,” Whiting said.
As struggle ensued and the gun was knocked away and picked up by the second suspect, Terri Janice Coburn, 44.

She held the gun but didn’t use it, Whiting said.

During the fight, Womble suffered a serious cut to the back of his head, but also injured Brummett.

Both Brummett and Coburn fled the apartment.

The victim, at first fearing retaliation, didn’t report the crime until about 4 p.m., Whiting said.

Officers started the investigation and, armed with the victim’s description, began a search for the suspects.

Brummett was arrested at 7:29 p.m. at Pierce and Elm streets in Ford City after leading police and Taft deputies on a foot pursuit from the 400 block of Buchanan Street.
Coburn was located at 9:11 p.m. in a room at the Topper Motel.

“It was very good work by our officers and deputies from the Taft substation,” Whiting said.

Both suspects were booked into the Kern County Sheriff’s central receiving facility in Bakersfield and charged with armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and conspiracy.

Coburn is being held on $85,000 bail and Brummett is being held on a no-bail parole hold.