Man charged with premeditated attempted murder in beating of 88-year-old woman

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- The man accused of beating of an 88-year-old woman in the South Bay made his first court appearance Monday, facing a long list of charges.

Zachary Cuen, 19, stood quietly in court as the judge ruled he would be held without bail. Cuen is charged with premeditated attempted murder, first degree robbery, first degree burglary and elder abuse in the attack on 88-year-old Flo Douglas.

"There is also an allegation to each count that the defendant personally inflicted great bodily injury on the victim in this case as well as multiple enhancements given that the victim is over 65 years of age," said Rebekah Wise, Deputy District Attorney.

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Santa Clara County sheriff's investigators say Cuen broke into Douglas' home in East San Jose on September 12 and threatened to kill her if she didn't give him money.

"When the victim Ms. Douglas stated she didn't have any money, he then started punching and kicking her multiple times. Ms. Douglas fell to the floor, he continued to kick her," said Wise.

The DA's office says she suffered bleeding in her eyes and brain. The details were hard to hear for Ms. Flo's family.

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"It's just disheartening without question," said Pastor Michael Wallace, nephew.

Ms Flo's nephew, Pastor Michael Wallace, says she's still in very critical condition and communication is limited.

"She's able to say hi and that's pretty much it. Just hi," said Wallace.

Cuen is expected to enter a plea next week. He could face life in prison if convicted. Investigators continue to look into the possibility of a second suspect.

Click here for a GoFundMe account that has been set up for Miss Flo.

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