Elderly man injured in home invasion

October 26, 2008 8:10:10 PM PDT
Wilmington Police have charged three teenage suspects. Upon arrival, officers approached the residence and observed the front door open and an elderly man sitting against the wall just inside the door. Officers then opened the screen door and observed a suspect who was ordered to the floor, however refused to obey the officers' commands. After a brief struggle officers took the suspect into custody.

Officers then began a search of the residence for the other suspects when they heard movement on the second floor. As officers approached the second floor two suspects smashed out a second floor window and jumped to the ground and began fleeing with officers in foot pursuit and were apprehended after a brief foot pursuit.

Subsequent investigation revealed that the victim was sitting on his porch when the suspects approached and forced the victim at gunpoint inside the residence where he was assaulted. One suspect then stayed with the victim while the other two suspects began searching the residence for proceeds until police arrived.

The victim, an 85 yr. old man of the 1100 block of Maple Street was transported to the St. Francis Hospital where he was treated for contusions to his rib, arm, leg, and back areas and then released.

One suspect, a 16 year old, was transported to Police Headquarters and is awaiting arraignment.

Another 16 year old and a 17 year old were transported to the Wilmington Hospital for treatment of lacerations they received while fleeing police over a barbed wire fence.

Both were treated and released and are currently awaiting arraignment.

The suspects are charged with attempted robbery, burglary, unlawful imprisonment, and related charges.

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