Loudon teen arraigned, held after Concord home invasion
A Loudon teen, charged in a home invasion Saturday morning, was ordered held on $7,000 cash bail after an arraignment yesterday revealed her deeply troubled past.
Judge Gerard Boyle of Concord’s district court chose not to release 17-year-old Taylor Wilkins on personal recognizance after prosecutor Tracy Connolly described past assaults against police officers and teachers.
“I am concerned about the safety of the public,” Boyle told Wilkins, who appeared by video. “I am concerned about the nature of these charges.”
Wilkins is charged with burglary and second-degree assault, both felonies, and five misdemeanors after the police said she and an unnamed 15-year-old girl forced their way into a Concord home at 2:30 Saturday morning and attacked Valerie Elkins.
She also is charged with assaulting Elkins’s 17-year-old daughter and her daughter’s 16-year-old friend, both of whom were asleep upstairs when Wilkins and the other girl entered the house.
The reason for the attack was unclear, but Connolly said that Wilkins told the police the victims had “snitched” on her.
“This was premeditated,” Connolly said. “Calls were made from the defendant’s phone to the Elkins residence. I cannot stress how concerning this is that at 2:30 in the morning, two young girls break into a house and assault the mother and two girls upstairs who are sound asleep. She had no degree of concern over what she has done.”
According to the affidavit, Elkins claimed she was awakened by banging at her front door, prompting her to head downstairs. She opened the door and saw the juvenile and Wilkins, who demanded to speak to her daughter.
“Valerie said she attempted to close the door, but Taylor prevented it from closing by moving her foot in front of the door,” according to the affidavit. “Valerie told the girls to leave again and that she was going to call the police.”
The two girls then pushed their way into the house, according to the affidavit, and Wilkins shoved Elkins backward, into the kitchen. Elkins tried to call 911, but Wilkins knocked the phone from her hand, grabbed her hair and began punching Elkins in the face.
After Elkins was pushed to the floor, the police said that Wilkins and her friend repeatedly kicked Elkins in the face before running upstairs, to Elkins’s daughter’s room.
Elkins reported that she followed the pair upstairs, used another phone to call 911 and saw Wilkins and the other girl punching and kicking the two girls, who later said they were asleep when the suspects entered the room.
Elkins’s daughter told the police she was in bed while her friend slept on the floor and woke up to the sight of the two suspects kicking and punching her friend in the face and head. She said she tried to help but was tackled by the unnamed girl, who then choked her, leaving abrasions on her neck.
She added that the girl said to her, “I told you I’d come back to kill you,” and said the two had had a “physical altercation” about one month before last weekend’s episode. She said she punched the girl in the face “to prevent herself from being killed,” according to the affidavit.
By the time the fighting was done and the two suspects had left in an unknown vehicle, the police said Elkins’s daughter’s “left eye was a deep purple/blue color and swollen, and her bottom center left tooth was chipped.” Her friend later said she went to the emergency room and was told she had a broken nose.
In court yesterday, Connolly asked for $20,000 cash bail, saying Wilkins “poses a huge risk to the community. . . . A text to a friend found her bragging that she would not go to jail for this. She has total disregard for the seriousness of what she’s done. She told the detectives this is not something the police should be involved in.”
Then Connolly moved into Wilkins’s criminal record over the past three years, citing simple-assault charges against several police officers, two teachers and an assistant principal.
Wilkins also had been in court just two days before, on Monday, facing charges out of Loudon for simple assault and resisting arrest. Boyle released her on personal recognizance cash bail, unaware that the crimes allegedly committed at the Elkins home last Saturday had occurred, that they were still under investigation and that they had not yet been documented by the court.
James Quay, Wilkins’s court-appointed attorney, took that opportunity to seek $7,000 personal recognizance bail, saying his client had done nothing wrong since terms were set after the Loudon allegations.
“The court set bail on Monday,” Quay told Boyle. “We are aware of no bail conditions or other conditions or other instances of lack of good behavior since Monday. The state knew or should have known these charges on Monday.”
Before Boyle’s ruling, Wilkins’s mother, Charity Eddy, spoke on behalf of her daughter, hoping she could secure her release until a March 19 probable cause hearing. Eddy said Wilkins has successfully completed counseling programs at different detention centers and children’s homes.
She also said her daughter, who has a hearing problem, hopes to enroll in night school, is looking for a job and has stayed out of trouble since her court date Monday.
“Because of her disability and everything else she has been dealing with, she’s had a very hard time with school,” Eddy said. “She’s having a hard time with her teachers and all the extra help she needs. It’s very stressful for her.”
Correction: James Quay is the court-appointed lawyer who represented Taylor Wilkins at her arraignment Wednesday on charges stemming from a Concord home invasion. A story in Thursday’s Monitor misspelled his name.