Crime

Md. man sentenced for State College robberies, assaults

A Maryland man was sentenced Monday for attacking two local women.

Claudius Taylor, 19, of Odenton, Md., will serve a minimum of three years, two months in state prison.

Centre County Judge Bradley P. Lunsford gave him a maximum sentence of 13 years.

Taylor was found guilty in February of robbery with bodily injury and robbery with physical removal of property, both felonies, and misdemeanor counts of unlawful restraint, indecent assault, simple assault, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.

The charges stem from an October incident in which Taylor accosted a woman on Foster Avenue in State College. When the victim fought back, he took her cellphone to prevent her from calling police.

Minutes later, he began following another woman in Fairmount Park, hitting her in the face and head. When that victim fought back, he fled again.

Taylor was caught after being tackled by a passer-by who had seen police chasing the suspect.

“The defendant planned and perpetrated a premeditated attack on two random women, robbing them of trust and personal safety,” Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said. “Fortunately, their screams for help were quickly answered by concerned citizens and our vigilant police. We are pleased that the court has now answered them with justice and the defendant has been called to account for his predatory crimes.”

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