For Immediate Release - November 19, 2010

Lynn Man Pleads Not Guilty To Robbing, Beating Elderly Woman

Nicholas Christian, 30, of 7 Hammond Street, Lynn, pleaded not guilty today in Lynn District Court to beating and robbing an 89-year-old Lynn woman.

Christian allegedly assaulted Mrs. Geneva Sozanski on Monday, November 15, outside of 538 Eastern Avenue in Lynn. Mrs. Sozanski suffered head and facial injuries. Christian is charged with unarmed robbery on a person over 60, unarmed robbery, two counts of receiving stolen property under $250, and assault and battery on a person over 60 with serious injury.

Judge James LaMothe granted a request by Essex Assistant District Attorney Susan Dolhun to hold the defendant without bail pending a dangerousness hearing, which is scheduled for November 30.

Lynn Police arrested Christian yesterday at about noon at his home. Christian was represented at arraignment by Attorney Randi Potash.

The investigation remains ongoing, as police believe others may be involved. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Lynn Police Department at 781-595-2000.

Anonymous tips can be submitted by texting the word tiplynn and the tip information to tip411 or 847411, or by submitting a tip through the website at www.lynnpolice.org and clicking on the "submit tip" icon.

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