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Man Accused of Attacking Elderly Woman in South Pas Heads to Court

A preliminary hearing date is scheduled to be set on Thursday for Alonzo Bernard Johnson, who is charged with residential burglary and other crimes stemming from an alleged attack on an elderly woman who was overpowered and beaten in her South Pasadena home.

Johnson, a convicted felon, allegedly attack the woman in an apartment in the 1000 block of Indiana Avenue in August 2012. He allegedly entered the home through a door left open by the victim who was waiting for her grandchildren to arrive, South Pasadena Detective Bill Earley said.

Johnson asked to charge his cell phone, but when the victim told him to leave, he allegedly pulled out a kitchen knife and threatened to kill her, according to reports. 

While holding the knife to her, the suspect then allegedly forced her into a rear bedroom, face down onto the bed and began beating her, police reported. The woman was saved by her grandchildren, who happened to walk in shortly after. 

Johnson was carrying an MTA pass, and allegedly took the Gold Line from L.A. to South Pasadena, said Earley. His last registered address was to a group home on Skid Row.

Patch editor Donna Evans, Dan Abendschein and City News Service contributed to this article.

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