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Resident interrupts alleged burglars; police arrest two

Menlo Park man struck with a hammer in confrontation with the alleged criminals

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 female inside a bedroom, according to police.

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

Officers set up a perimeter in the neighborhood and caught her 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.

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