Two suspects, including a 17-year-old boy wanted by Denver police on suspicion of homicide, were in custody Tuesday for allegedly beating 73-year-old Torrance woman during a home invasion robbery.
An alert neighbor noticed suspicious activity outside the home in the 3600 block of Sara Drive and called police at 10:40 p.m. Monday, according to Torrance police Lt. Steve Danjou.
When officers arrived, the two men fled the home, Danjou said. A 18-year-old suspect was arrested immediately and the 17-year-old suspect was found in the attic of the woman's garage.
No weapons were recovered at the scene.
Officers found 73-year-old Judy Turner, who was struck several times by the robbers. She was treated at the hospital and released, speaking to NBC4 later Tuesday with a badly bruised face.
"It's awful to think you can't be safe in your own home," she said.
Torrance police discovered both men were wanted in Colorado. The 17-year-old suspect had an outstanding murder warrant, and the 18-year-old suspect had a robbery warrant issued for his arrest.
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Denver police identified the 17-year-old as Dmarco Blake, one of four people now in custody. Police believe they are part of a burglary ring.
The men were being booked on suspicion of home invasion robbery, burglary, elder abuse and theft of the car from Colorado, he said.
Hetty Chang and Toni Guinyard contributed to this report.