Criminal charges were filed this week against two Arizona men suspected of kidnaping, stabbing and severely beating an elderly La Canada Flintridge woman last month, a prosecutor in the case said.
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office filed kidnaping, robbery and attempted murder charges Monday against Paul E. Terry, 19, and Randall J. Countryman, 18, for the beating and stabbing of Eloise Purdy, 77, who survived the attack, said Deputy Dist. Atty. John Bernardi.
The men were arrested by the Arizona Highway Patrol for possession of a stolen vehicle while driving Purdy's car in Arizona last month.
However, theft charges filed against them by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office near Phoenix were dropped last Thursday for lack of sufficient evidence, allowing Countryman to go free, said Kim Stuart, a deputy county attorney familiar with the case.