Ex-Lion Young pleads not guilty to 8 criminal counts

DETROIT — The rap sheet against Titus Young continues to grow, and the troubled former Detroit Lions receiver now faces eight different charges punishable up to more than 71/2 years in California prison, with two other cases pending.

The Orange County district attorney issued a felony complaint against Young on Monday on charges stemming from two separate incidents. Young was later arraigned via video conference and pleaded not guilty to all eight criminal counts. A pretrial hearing has been set for 8:30 a.m. Pacific time May 24 at Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach.

Young is being held on $25,000 bail.

Young was still in custody as of 5 p.m. PDT on Tuesday, according to the Orange County prosecutor’s office. USA TODAY reported that Young’s family was still deciding whether to post bail, according to Los Angeles attorney Altus W. Hudson II, who represents Young.

He was charged with felony burglary and five misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest and assaulting an officer after he allegedly broke into a San Clemente home late Saturday night.

Farrah Emami, a spokesperson for the Orange County prosecutor’s office, said Young was charged with two other counts of felony burglary from a May 4 incident, when he allegedly stole a bottle of water, some candy and cigars from a Chevron station around 9 p.m.

Young was not arrested at the scene of the crime, but Emami said the Orange County Sheriff’s Department identified him as a suspect.

Emami said Young stole the bottle of water and candy first, left the store, then returned and took “several” cigars before fleeing. The charges are felonies because he entered a commercial property with the intent to steal, Emami said.

Young was arrested at 12:01 a.m. May 5, a few hours after the gas station incident, in Riverside County for suspicion of driving under the influence after he made an illegal left turn in front Moreno Valley police officers.

He signed a notice to appear on that charge, and was arrested a third time less than 15 hours later for trying to steal his black Mustang convertible out of an impound lot.

John Hall, a spokesperson for the Riverside County district attorney’s office, said his office has not filed formal charges against Young yet because it has not received a case to review.

Potentially, Young faces another felony count of burglary and a misdemeanor count of DUI.

His father, Richard Young, told the Detroit Free Press on Monday that he would ask the court to mandate Young seek help for problems he has been dealing with.

Richard Young said Young has been prescribed the powerful antipsychotic drug Seroquel and has attended at least three different outpatient clinics to seek help for a medical problem he could not name.

“He’s not rational,” Richard Young said. “He’s not really rational cause he’s not really dealing with it. He’s trying to compress it and he don’t want to take his medication and stuff like that, but I think it could be a thing where he might even depressed sitting there.”

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