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Man convicted of 2015 midtown Sacramento robberies

A 32-year-old man has been convicted of a series of robberies targeting women in Sacramento’s midtown area.

A jury found Mark Allen Thompson guilty of robbery with great bodily injury, a second robbery and a residential burglary, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.

The first incident occurred Sept. 30, 2015. As a woman was walking to her apartment, Thompson attacked her from behind. He knocked her to the ground, slammed her head on the ground and choked her until she lost consciousness. Thompson then stole the woman’s purse, phone and keys. Officials said the woman suffered memory loss, speech impairment and severe bruising.

On Oct. 2, 2015, another woman was walking to the bus stop at 23rd and F streets when Thompson attacked her from behind, The woman fought back until Thompson fled, taking her briefcase with him.

The third incident occurred the same day, when a woman returned to her apartment at 22nd and F streets. As she entered the residence, she heard someone going through her kitchen window blinds and called 911. Officers found Thompson around the corner from the apartment and found property belonging to all three victims.

Prosecutors said Thompson’s criminal history dates back to 1999, with convictions for crimes including aggravated assault, attempted false imprisonment, drug charges, theft, breaking and entering, possessing a concealed weapon and receiving stolen property.

Thompson is to be sentenced Oct. 12 before Sacramento Superior Court Judge Helena Gweon. A court trial also will be held that day regarding the allegation of a prior strike conviction.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy