Trial set for pair who deny intimidating elderly man
Two men denied Monday they tried to extort money from a 70-year-old man by working on his car without his permission.
Michael John, 39, and Sonny Sterio, 41, both pleaded innocent to principle to robbery of a person 60 years or older, principle to extortion and conspiracy.
A three-day trial was scheduled to begin July 12, 2016.
According to court documents, the men approached the victim while he was getting his walker out of his car at the Carson City Smith’s.
They offered to fix his car for less than $300, but the man testified during the preliminary hearing last week that he had no money to pay them.
He told them he would have to ask his wife, in an effort, he said, to discourage them.
When the victim had finished shopping, the men were nowhere to be seen, but he later saw them at the Carson Mall, and they approached him a second time at Home Depot.
He said he felt intimidated by that time.
When he came out of Home Depot, the man said Sterio and John followed him to his house and parked behind his car.
He said he told Sterio to wait for him, and he went into his house.
He testified he didn’t have time to tell his wife what was going on before the doorbell rang and she went to answer it. Sterio came into the house and asked the man’s wife if it was OK if they worked on their cars.
While Sterio was in the house, he picked up the victim’s medication. The man said they couldn’t find it after Sterio left.
Sterio dictated a list of repairs to the victim, who wrote them down. He said he was angry that the cost had risen to $1,050.
As that was going on John entered the house and said the repairs were done.
“I didn’t agree to anything,” the victim testified.
Sterio and John are free on bail.