The last of two people charged in the kidnapping and assault of a 47-year-old Lakewood man was in court to be sentenced on Monday, November 18. Darrius Deon Holmes, DOB: 3-12-82, was sentenced to 18 years in prison. On August 2, codefendant Ruby Arely Serrato, DOB: 4-9-98, was sentenced to 24 years in prison.
On November 13, 2018 Lakewood police were called to 11100 W. 8th Avenue regarding an assault. The victim had numerous serious injuries and was transported to the hospital where he was determined to have suffered serious bodily injury.
The victim was held prisoner for two nights and assaulted repeatedly. He had previously loaned money to Ruby Serrato and was asking her to repay the debt. On November 11, she convinced him to go with her to her room at the Crossland Motel at 715 Kipling, to get the money. Once they arrived they were met by several others who demanded his property. The victim was then blindfolded, bound with rope, and taped to a chair. During the next two days and nights he was beaten, punched, and kicked. He was also tased and beaten with a chain. On November 13, they took him to his house, telling him they wanted to know where he lived, “so they could get him if he called police.” Once at his home, he managed to escape and located a citizen who called 911.
“This was a violent and brutal assault. Both Holmes and Serato deserved every day of their sentences,” said DA Pete Weir. “Those who commit this type of violence in our community must held accountable.”
Holmes pled guilty on September 11 to First Degree Assault, Robbery, and one violent crime count. Serrato pled guilty on July 3 to Conspiracy to Commit First Degree Assault; Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Robbery (F4), and Kidnapping.