Robbery-stabbing conviction


July 29, 2008|By MELISSA HARRIS

A Baltimore Circuit Court jury convicted a man yesterday of robbing an 82-year-old woman of her pocketbook outside a KFC restaurant and stabbing her with a knife when she tried to fight back.

Rozza Alston, 40, who lived three blocks from the KFC at North Avenue and St. Paul Street, was found guilty of second-degree assault, robbery with a deadly weapon and openly carrying a dangerous weapon. He faces a maximum of 33 years in prison. The jury acquitted Alston of attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder and first-degree assault.

During the trial, the victim, Lilli Sigel, testified that she could not identify her attacker. But when detectives searched Alston's apartment, they discovered some of Sigel's "personal documents" in Alston's wallet.

Circuit Judge Timothy J. Doory set sentencing for tomorrow.

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