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* Thomas Nicholas Furman Pleads No Contest in CalTrain Assault, Damar Walker Awaits Trial in Alleged Assault

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One of two men believed to have been part of a gang of up to 15 suspects who beat and robbed a 47-year-old man at a Caltrain station in March has pleaded no contest to charges of burglary and grand theft. Thomas Nicholas Furman, 29, was sentenced to 260 days in county jail and placed on three years probation in exchange for his plea, San Mateo County Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti said.

The defendant was given 260 days credit for time served in jail since his March 11 arrest, and he was released from custody on Monday, Guidotti said. Furman and another suspect, 20-year-old Damar Walker, were arrested for taking part in the March 4 assault on the San Jose man, who was waiting for an evening train at the Redwood City Caltrain Station. Furman approached the victim and demanded to know if he had any jewelry, according to the district attorney’s office. When the victim said no and tried to walk away, members of the gang started pushing and punching him. He fell face-first to the ground after one of the suspects punched him in the back of the head, according to prosecutors.

Furman, Walker and others in the gang allegedly went through the unconscious man’s pockets and stole his credit card before fleeing. Furman and Walker were caught on video later the same night using the man’s credit card at a restaurant and a liquor store, Walker has pleaded not guilty to charges of robbery and assault with great bodily injury and remains in custody awaiting trial, which is scheduled to start Jan. 30, 2012.

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