Defendants accused in connection with January strong-arm robbery on Sixth Street

The five Taft residents accused in the strong-arm robbery of a Taft man in early January are scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing next week.

All five suspects have pleaded not guilty to various charges ranging from assault to robbery and conspiracy. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday at 9 a.m. in Lamont Branch of Kern County Superior Court.

The defendants are accused of taking part in attack on a man and woman on the 500 block of Sixth Street on Jan. 4.
Taft Police said a man and woman were attacked by several people. The woman was uninjured, but the man was assaulted and suffered minor injuries.The suspects fled with cash.

One suspect was caught minutes after the robbery, and other four were arrested and charged over several days following the attack.

Four of the five suspects are free on bail, but the fifth is being held without bail after he was arrested and charged in connection with a kidnapping and robbery in May.

Jose DeJesus Mota, 21, is now charged in two violent crimes this year and is being held without bail.

Mota, along with Eduardo Alcantar-Lopez, is accused of breaking into a home, tying up the resident while ransacking the home, then forcing the victim into a car at knifepoint and driving him to a nearby bank.

The other suspects in the January robbery are:

•Steven Burell, charged with robbery, assault and conspiracy.

•Elizabeth Maria Rodriguez, charged with robbery, assault, conspiracy, and battery.

•Jacquelyn Lorena Burell, charged with conspiracy and battery.

•Lidge Road Livingston, 22, charged with robbery, assault and conspiracy.