Woman gets year sentence
An 18-year-old South Lake Tahoe woman arrested in connection with a Jan. 10 armed robbery of a taxicab driver was sentenced to a year in the El Dorado County Jail and three years’ probation Wednesday.
Teresa Tzanetopoulos was taken into custody after police responded to the Crescent V Center just after 3 a.m. Russell Rummelt, a cab driver for Paradise Taxi, had prior contact with Tzanetopoulos. He told police that Tzanetopoulos contacted him by phone and after he picked her and a young white male up in his cab they demanded his money. Rummelt resisted and during the struggle he allegedly received two lacerations from the male suspect who wielded a knife. Tzanetopoulos and the male suspect fled the scene without getting any money.
The male suspect was later identified as 15-year-old Kenneth Bash Jr. He was taken into custody in Sacramento on an arrest warrant by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s office for attempted robbery. Bash was transferred to the El Dorado County juvenile hall in Placerville where he is being held pending his preliminary hearing.
Tzanetopoulos pleaded guilty to attempted robbery, which is considered a strike under the California “three strikes” law.
Judge Jerald Lasarow told Tzanetopoulos, who has no prior convictions, that it seemed she was a young lady that got caught up with the wrong crowd. He also ordered that she attend substance abuse counseling and have no contact with the victim or any of the people she was with the night of the robbery.
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