Resident interrupts Menlo Park burglary; two teens arrested

Man struck with a hammer while confronting the suspects

A man was able to detain one of two teenagers he found allegedly burglarizing his family's Menlo Park home early this morning, even after one teen struck the man with a hammer, according to Menlo Park police.

At around 12:05 a.m., officers responded to a report of an interrupted residential burglary in the 1100 block of Carlton Avenue, police said.

When officers arrived, they found the resident detaining one of the suspected burglars, a 13-year-old boy.

The man told officers he and his family had returned to the home and found it ransacked. Upon checking the home, he found the 13-year-old and a 17-year-old girl inside a bedroom, according to police.

As he tried to detain them, he was struck with a hammer, which caused him minor injuries. While he held onto the 13-year-old, the girl fled the home.

After detaining the boy, officers set up a perimeter in the neighborhood and located girl in the 1100 block of Sevier Avenue, police said.

Officers arrested the boy, a Menlo Park resident, and the girl, an East Palo Alto resident, on suspicion of robbery, residential burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, vandalism, and conspiracy and resisting arrest,

according to police.

They were booked into Hillcrest Juvenile Hall, police said.

— Bay City News Service

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19 people like this
Posted by Roberto
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jan 2, 2017 at 3:20 am

Roberto is a registered user.

with a Hammer? Seriously, that could have killed him. If it were simple burglary at their age, I do not condone, but a simple punishment. With a hammer - sorry, you crossed over to a violent felon.... please keep them detained for a considerable time. That time can be used to reflect, learn and never do anything like this again

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