17-year-old busted in brutal Grass Valley home invasion case | TheUnion.com

17-year-old busted in brutal Grass Valley home invasion case

Grass Valley Police officers have arrested a 17-year-old boy in connection with a brutal home invasion robbery Dec. 6.

“This was a very cruel, violent crime,” said Sgt. Steve Johnson.

The elderly man was beaten and tied up by three suspects who forced entry into his residence in the 200 block of Hill Street.

The trio had knocked on the man’s door and asked him if they could make an out-of-town phone call. He started dialing the phone number provided by the suspects and was then struck in the face and head by an unidentified weapon.

The victim was left bound on the floor while the three men ransacked and stole several items from the residence, fleeing in his truck.

The man was able to crawl to a telephone to call 911; medical aid was provided by Grass Valley Police officers, Grass Valley firefighters and Sierra Nevada Memorial EMTs. The victim was transported to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, treated and released. His truck later was recovered — abandoned — on Richardson Street.

On Friday morning, the victim, who is not being identified, said he already has had several surgeries to repair the fractured orbital bone around his right eye. He declined to comment further, saying he wanted to wait until all of his assailants have been arrested.

One of the three was taken into custody by Grass Valley Police officers Wednesday. He has been booked into Juvenile Hall on suspicion of kidnapping, robbery, battery with serious bodily injury, residential burglary, theft from an elder and false imprisonment of an elder, as well as violating probation.

“Our preference would be to request the district attorney’s office to try him as an adult,” Johnson said. “Because of the severity of the crime and because he is within weeks of his 18th birthday.”

Johnson said officers are actively looking for the other two suspects, adding, “There’s definitely a full-court press until we get them … This was so unlike our community.”

The Grass Valley Police Department is asking for any information that may lead to the capture of the perpetrators of this crime. The suspects are described as being in their early 20s and wearing hooded sweatshirts, jackets and sunglasses. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Grass Valley Police Department at 530-477-4600.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, email lkellar@theunion.com or call 530-477-4229.

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