Attorney Kerry Armstrong appeared in court this week to enter a not guilty plea on behalf of his
client, a U.S. Navy commander. His client faces several serious felony
charges, including attempted rape and "hot prowl" burglary.
media outlets are reporting, the accused is currently out on $100,000 bail following an incident and
police chase earlier this month. According to prosecutors, he ran into
a Navy colleague at a downtown hotel and, later that night, the two went
to the colleague's home in the Valencia Park area of San Diego. A
neighbor then intervened when screams were heard and the accused was apprehended
while trying to flee the police.
There are four total charges against the accused: felony assault with intent
to commit rape, attempted forcible rape, resisting arrest, and "hot
prowl" burglary. The accused, an Iraq War veteran, is the father
of five and head of the Guam-based Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25.
Understanding "Hot Prowl" Burglary
Of the accused's charges, resident "hot prowl" burglary—a
fairly uncommon allegation—has received the most media attention.
While burglary charges are often associated with theft crimes, in this
context, prosecutors are asserting that the defendant entered the premises
with the intent to commit a felony (rape). The "hot prowl" distinction
applies when the homeowner is still in their residence at the time of
this kind of burglary.
Attorney Armstrong and his team are currently preparing for his client's
trial. Our firm looks forward to confronting the state's assertions
and ensuring that our client receives every consideration he deserves
in this matter.
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