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Man Charged with Attempted Murder of Senior Citizen


Authorities arrested Maurice Joyles, 40, on Tuesday after he reportedly tried to suffocate an 80-year-old man with a plastic bag on New Year’s Eve. A Goleta resident, Joyles was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail at $1 million bail and charged with attempted murder, robbery, and elder abuse. His arraignment is scheduled for Thursday.

Maurice Joyles
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Maurice Joyles

On Tuesday, the elderly man and his grown niece informed the Sheriff’s Office of the attack, prompting the department to issue an alert to authorities. Joyles — an acquaintance of the victim — was spotted at the Chumash Casino later that day and was arrested.

Around 7 p.m. on December 31, Joyles allegedly entered the man’s North Fairview Avenue home and placed a plastic bag over his head. The victim was able to fend off the attempt. Joyles is also accused of stealing $500 from the man’s wallet before leaving the house.

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