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Man pleads not guilty in Glendale home-invasion robbery

April 25, 2013

A third man who was sought in connection with a violent Glendale home-invasion robbery in January pleaded not guilty this week to charges stemming from the incident, officials said.

Gino O’Neal, 24, is charged with four counts of home-invasion robbery, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count each of burglary and illegal possession of a firearm, according to Los Angeles Superior Court criminal records.

O’Neal was arrested Monday in the 8000 block of Antwerp Avenue in Los Angeles, months after police took two men — Cole Richman, 27, of Lake Balboa and Sylas Joseph, 28, of Los Angeles — into custody in connection with the Jan. 2 robbery, according to Glendale police.

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Police say the trio allegedly forced their way into a Glendale home in the 700 block of Patterson Avenue around 5:15 a.m. Three men and a woman were at home during the robbery.

The intruders, who were reportedly carrying guns, beat one resident, who suffered a cut on his head, police said. The other residents were reportedly robbed at gunpoint.

The men led police in a brief chase, which ended after their vehicle crashed at Concord Street and Wilson Avenue.

While Richman and Joseph were arrested at the scene, O’Neal reportedly fled on foot and was able to evade a police perimeter.

-- Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com

Follow on Google+ and on Twitter: @VeronicaRochaLA.

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