A 61-year-old Quincy woman’s lucky night at a Rhode Island casino turned into a harrowing ordeal when a man watched her collect $6,000 from a cashier, followed her home, and assaulted her, leaving the victim with a broken vertebra and no winnings, authorities said.
On Wednesday, the suspect, Ty Shon Forbes, 21, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in Quincy District Court to charges of unarmed robbery and assault and battery on a person over 60 in the November attack, according to Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey’s office.
He had been incarcerated in Rhode Island on separate charges.
Forbes, of West Warwick, R.I., was ordered held on $10,000 cash bail. His public defender couldn’t be reached for comment.
According to a Rhode Island State Police statement, Forbes saw the woman “receive a high-value cash-out at a cashier cage” at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I., and “followed the victim to the parking lot and then drove approximately 43 miles to her residence in Quincy, where the robbery took place.”
Forbes allegedly threw the woman to the ground and stole her handbag full of money after she exited her vehicle outside her home on Pope Street in Quincy, city police said in a separate release.
Prosecutors said Wednesday in court that the woman had initially claimed $6,000 in winnings at the casino.
Authorities said the woman was taken to Quincy Medical Center to receive treatment for serious injuries, including a broken vertebrae.
Forbes has previously pleaded no contest in Rhode Island to charges including felony domestic assault by strangulation, misdemeanor domestic violence, resisting arrest, and violating a restraining order, according to court records.Travis Andersen can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.