Friday, February 19, 2010

Man Sentenced To Prison On Robbery Charge

A man convicted of stealing a woman’s purse while riding his bicycle at a North Naples shopping center in 2008 has been sentenced to prison.

At a court hearing Thursday, Collier County Circuit Judge Frank Baker sentenced David Allen Lunn, 34, 796 108th Ave. N., Naples Park, to 15 years in state prison, with eight years suspended, to be followed by 15 years of state probation.

Lunn was convicted of robbing a 58-year-old woman outside a store at the Pavilion mall, 881 Vanderbilt Beach Road, on Dec. 20, 2008.

According to sheriff’s reports, the woman was sitting on a bench when Lunn rode by on a bicycle, grabbed her purse and attempted to ride off. The woman held onto her purse and was dragged down the sidewalk.

Lunn punched her in the head, causing her to fall to the ground and him to fall off the bike. He ran away with the purse, leaving his bike behind, reports said.

Several men who were nearby and heard the woman’s screams chased Lunn. One of the men tackled Lunn to the ground and held him there until deputies arrived, reports said.

Lunn pleaded no contest to unarmed robbery at a hearing in circuit court Jan. 13. At Thursday’s hearing, Judge Baker adjudicated Lunn guilty of the felony charge and sentenced him to prison as a habitual felony offender. Lunn must serve seven years in prison before he can be released, under the terms of his sentence, reports said.

Lunn is a documented career criminal with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office. He has two prior felony convictions in Collier.

On Nov. 1, 2004, Lunn pleaded guilty to burglary of a structure and was placed on four years of state probation. On March 15, 2006, after pleading guilty to his second probation violation, Lunn’s probation was terminated and he was sentenced to nine months in the Collier County jail.

Lunn also has a felony conviction in Lee County. In 2006, he was sentenced to one year in the Lee County jail followed by one year of state probation following his conviction on charges of aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude and DUI with property damage. The crimes occurred while he was on probation in Collier County.

Until Thursday’s hearing, Lunn had never been sentenced to state prison, according to deputies.