Crowbar beating helper jailed six months

Joann Ortiz

A 49-year-old South San Francisco woman who participated in a brutal 2008 crowbar attack that left a 78-year-old Daly City woman blinded was sentenced Wednesday to six months in jail for residential burglary.

Joann Rivera Ortiz had a four-year prison plea offer on the table for the last two years but in January Judge Richard Livermore reduced the term to six months in jail which led her to accept.

On Wednesday, Ortiz was also placed on five years supervised probation and ordered to pay $283,566 restitution for the woman’s medical bills. She has nine days credit against the six-month term.

District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe was disappointed in the case’s resolution.

“We felt the sentence was less than we wanted,” Wagstaffe said.

Ortiz is not accused of personally assaulting the victim in the case but prosecutors say she tried luring her away from home so accomplices could burglarize it. She was also tied to a Pacifica burglary the previous month.

In the assault case, Ortiz reportedly called the victim using a cellphone and said she was a Pan-American agent who needed to know if she would be home to receive a package around 3 p.m. Jan. 12, 2008. The suspicious woman called her children who instructed her not to answer the door if anybody knocked.

Accomplice Jose Perez-Gonzalez, 33, of South San Francisco, went to the Serramonte neighborhood home and used a crowbar to pry open the house’s rear glass sliding door. After encountering the home owner, Perez-Gonzalez beat her in the head with the bar and fled through the front door, setting off the silent alarm, and in a getaway car driven by Juan Carlos Cuellar.

Daly City police responded to the alarm and found the semi-conscious victim and the crowbar inside the house. Police arrested Cellar at his Daly City home after being tipped by a person who claimed he had confessed. Perez-Gonzales fled to his native Mexico and remained at large until Mexican law enforcement officials apprehended him and then extradited him five months later.

Cuellar served two years in prison for residential burglary. Perez-Gonzalez received 11 years and eight months in prison after being convicted of attempted robbery, residential burglary, felony assault with a deadly weapon, felony elder abuse, residential burglary, possession of stolen property and mayhem.

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.

Thank you for reading the Daily Journal.

Please log in, or sign up for a new account and purchase a subscription to read or post comments.