Teen charged with Jan. 2010 beating

He allegedly tried to rob woman, left DNA on water glass

By Laura McVicker, Columbian staff writer

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A Washougal teenager pleaded not guilty Friday to beating an 86-year-old woman during a home-invasion attempted robbery.

Nikita V. Zimin, 18, was arraigned on charges of first-degree attempted robbery, second-degree assault and first-degree burglary. The charges came with the aggravating factors that the alleged crimes were committed against a vulnerable adult and were an invasion of privacy.

Zimin was arrested last week after investigators reportedly linked him to the Jan. 5, 2010, incident through a DNA match.

According to court documents, Zimin allegedly used a ruse that his car broke down to enter the woman’s home in Washougal. Inside, he asked to use the phone and for a glass of water. Then he demanded that she hand over her purse. When she refused, Zimin struck her in the face, causing her to fall, according to a probable cause affidavit filed with the court.

After he fled, the woman tried to call the police, but Zimin had disconnected her phone, court documents allege. Disoriented and confused, she walked to a neighbor’s house, and the neighbor called 911.

The woman was rushed by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment of severe facial bruising and bleeding. Police have said she did not suffer any life-threatening injuries from the attack. She now lives at an assisted living facility.

A DNA sample taken from the drinking glass allegedly turned up a match with Zimin, according to court documents.