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Teen arrested, overpowered by robbery victims

January 11, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
A Riverside teenager was arrested after being overpowered by the victims of a home invasion attack. Riverside police say the 17-year-old suspect tried to steal a car parked in 11100 block of Norwood Avenue early Monday morning, but he broke into the owner's house when he didn't succeed. They say the teen woke the man and threatened him with a knife.

"The suspect ordered the victim into the kitchen and demanded keys and money," said Sgt. Chuck Griffitts. "The victim told the juvenile that he did not have any money and, as a result, received a cut on the hand by the juvenile."

Police say that's when the victim's roommate heard the commotion, he grabbed a hammer and struck the suspect in the back of the head. The two men say they were able to overpower the teen and call police.

The homeowner received treatment for the cut on his hand. The teen was also taken to the hospital to be treated for his head wound, but has since been booked into Riverside Juvenile Hall on suspicion of home invasion robbery.

CNS contributed to this report.