NORTH FORK — The two men arrested following a violent home invasion robbery in Bass Lake Annex on Nov. 18 appeared in Bass Lake Superior Court today.
Ray Coleman, 23, and Alvin McDonald, 18, both of North Fork, have pleaded not guilty to the charges.
They were both arrested last week on charges of attempted murder, strong-arm robbery, burglary, assault with a deadly weapon-firearm, elder abuse, conspiracy, and using a firearm during the commission of a felony.
McDonald surrendered to deputies at about 11 a.m. the day after the incident, and Coleman managed to elude law enforcement until he was taken into custody during a traffic stop in the North Fork area shortly after midnight on Nov. 22.
Coleman is being held on a $1.1 million bond. McDonald was being held on a $1.125 million bond, but during today’s hearing, McDonald’s bail was lowered to $610,000. Coleman will have a bail review hearing on Nov. 30.
The two are accused of forcing their way into a home in the 36000 block of Cedar Lane at about 7:30 p.m. on the evening of Nov. 18, violently assaulting a 77-year-old woman and robbing the home.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, the suspects made off with a handgun, a wedding ring and a set of keys. The firearm has since been recovered.
The female resident resisted the intruders and suffered at least one severe blow to the head. She was airlifted to a Valley hospital, and remains in critical condition.
Her adult son, who had suffered a previous brain injury, attempted to intercede, but the altercation was too violent for him to be effective against the attack on his mother. He was not injured during the robbery, and is assisting law enforcement to as great a degree as possible.
A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for both men on Dec. 7 in Bass Lake Superior Court.