A temporary one-day crime sentence in Pacific Palisades that robbed three women was sentenced to 141 years in state prison, the Los Angeles district attorney general said on Tuesday.
Brian Thomas Cruz, now 50, broke into a woman's house on August 11, 2014 and forcibly stabbed her to drive him out of her house, police and prosecutors said. The woman intentionally crashed her car near Palisades High School, but Cruz robbed another woman, a teacher, and crashed the vehicle a short distance away, the authorities said.
He then went to another house and forced another woman to return her car keys, according to deputy district attorney Eugene Hanrahan. Cruz headed north on the Pacific Coast Highway and eventually reached Malibu before hitting multiple vehicles and eventually crashing and being arrested.
Cruz was convicted in a non-jury trial of four assaults on assault with a deadly weapon – a car – driving that causes certain injuries, and a count of kidnappings and improper detention by violence.