A Jefferson Parish jury convicted a Marrero man Tuesday night of forcing his way into an 84-year-old woman’s home on New Year’s Eve 2016, beating her unconsciousness and robbing her.
Brandon Pike, 39, was found guilty of aggravated burglary and second-degree battery after a trial in 24th Judicial District Court in Gretna, court records show.
Pike, a 5’10”, 250-pound man, kicked open the door of the woman’s home in the 6600 block of 16th Street in Marrero on Dec. 31, 2016 and ordered the woman to give him her money, Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick’s office said in a news release.
When she said she had none, Pike punched her head repeatedly, knocking her unconscious, and rummaged through her bedroom. He then left with her television.
The woman regained consciousness and called a family member, who asked a neighbor to check on her. Testimony showed Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s deputies found her with her left eye swollen shut, swelling on the left side of her face and dried blood in and around her left ear, Connick’s office said.
The victim had seen Pike working at a local commodity store and was able to fully identify him.
Pike’s public defender argued there was no physical evidence connecting her client to the crime and that the case was based on the identification of an elderly woman who was roused from her bed without her eye glasses when she was attacked, Connick’s office said.
The jury deliberated about 1½ hours before returning the verdict. Judge Donnie Rowan is scheduled to sentence Pike on March 16.