A Los Angeles man accused of stealing diapers from stores for close to a full year tried to escape police on Wednesday by leading them on a chase that resulted in an accident. A small child was in the car with the driver during the event.
23-year-old Darrion Tyrone Parker, a man Los Angeles County prosecutors have nicknamed the “diaper bandit,” has allegedly been involved in a string of robberies beginning in December 2016 and continuing through Wednesday. He is said to have stolen packages of diapers from various grocery stores and retail outlets in and around Long Beach by using threat of force, according to the DA’s office.
When Parker had attempted a robbery on Wednesday an employee of the store chased him into the parking lot and accosted him about his purported sticky fingers.
The employee then notified the authorities, and Parker allegedly drove off trying to escape. Police followed his vehicle, and he led them on a chase which caused an accident and ended when he smashed into another driver’s vehicle on the road. Parker’s 6-year-old passenger was reportedly seriously injured in the crash.
Parker continued trying to evade the officers and attempted to escape on foot. He was taken into custody and faces eight felony charges comprised of six counts of second-degree robbery, one count of fleeing a pursuing peace officer’s motor vehicle causing serious bodily injury. And one count of resisting an executive officer. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Parker is due back in Los Angeles Superior Court on November 29. If convicted on all charges he could be sentenced for up to 18 years in state prison.
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