KODIAK — A 21-year-old Kodiak man pleaded guilty to attempted robbery Thursday, seven months after he accosted a 14-year-old next to Main Elementary School and punched him, demanding money.
Loren Delacruz will serve four months in prison and pay a $1,500 fine as part of a plea deal with prosecutors, who dismissed two probation violation charges and reduced the charge from robbery to attempted robbery.
According to court documents, the 14-year-old, whose name has been kept confidential due to his age, was walking from the Island Espresso coffee shack toward the school and passed in front of Delacruz’s truck on Mill Bay Road.
Delacruz began honking and shouting at the 14-year-old, who had earbuds in and couldn’t hear what he was saying.
Delacruz then pulled his truck into the Main Elementary parking lot and ran to the 14-year-old, still shouting.
According to court documents, the youth admitted he “really didn’t know what was going on.”
Delacruz then punched the 14-year-old in the chest, yelling, “Give me your money!”
When the 14-year-old protested that he didn’t have any more money, Delacruz continued to yell and punched the young man twice more before leaving.
Police interviewed a Main Elementary teacher and three nearby teenagers who confirmed what had happened.
Delacruz will be on probation for three years following his release from prison and must pay the fine no later than 18 months from his release. An additional 32 months of jail and $3,500 in fines was suspended.
Delacruz is expected to be sentenced July 16.
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