Crime, Fire + Courts

Woodland police make torture, elder abuse arrests

By April 21, 2011

Woodland police reported Wednesday a pair of unrelated arrests stemming from incidents that occurred earlier this month.

Robert Talley, 58, described by investigators as a “homeless parolee,” was arrested in connection with the April 8 torture and attempted sexual assault of another homeless man, Sgt. Steve Guthrie said.

Guthrie said the alleged victim recalled being given a beverage “believed to be laced with an unknown substance that rendered the victim unconscious.”

Talley is alleged to have taken the other man to an obscure area in the 100 block of West Court Street, “where the victim reported that he was possibly sexually assaulted.”

Talley was booked at the Yolo County Jail on charges torture, attempted forced oral copulation, assault with a deadly weapon and false imprisonment, Guthrie said.

The sergeant also announced the April 13 arrest of Woodland resident Lanette Lynn Zafra on suspicion of elder abuse.

That morning, Zafra’s 67-year-old mother reported that her daughter had battered her the day before.

“The victim had injuries to her face that were consistent with being struck more than once,” Guthrie said.

Officers arrests Zafra at her home in the 100 block of Fifth Street and lodged at the Yolo County Jail.

Guthrie said the Police Department initially did not announce the two arrests due to the sensitive nature of the allegations but issued news releases after media outlets inquired about the cases.

— Reach Lauren Keene at [email protected] or (530) 747-8048. Follow her at www.twitter.com/laurenkeene

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