Two men are facing heat after buying pizza on the Peninsula — allegedly with a credit card owned by a man who was beaten to near-death at a Caltrain station.
Thomas Nicholas Furman, 28, and Damar Desean Walker, 19, both of Redwood City pleaded not guilty Friday to charges in connection with the brutal March 4 robbery.
About a dozen raging thugs left the 47-year-old victim in critical condition at the Redwood City Caltrain station. They stole his credit card and fled, according to officials with the transit agency.
Later that night, Furman and Walker were allegedly seen on video surveillance cameras using the credit card at a pizza restaurant and a liquor store, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.
Wagstaffe said they were part of the “group of punks” that left the victim with facial fractures and brain swelling.
The victim was waiting for a southbound train at the Redwood City station when between nine and 15 thugs cornered him and demanded jewelry, sheriff’s deputies said.
The victim said “no” and tried to walk away, but they wouldn’t allow him to leave, Wagstaffe said.
One coward punched the victim in the back of the head, causing him to fall face first to the ground, Wagstaffe said. After rifling through the victim’s pockets, another thug beat him even more severely, he said.
The victim is recovering at a hospital, Wagstaffe said.
Bail for Furman and Walker was set at $250,000, and they remain in custody.
Last week, Caltrain officials said three search warrants were executed in Redwood City and East Palo Alto in connection with the case. Evidence recovered during the searches has provided investigators with information that they say will help locate other suspects in the case, they said.
“We are confident that everyone will be brought to justice,” Dave Triolo, Caltrain’s chief of protective services, said in a statement.