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Teen arrested in beating of 87-year-old woman in California

By: Associated Press
April 25, 2014 Updated: April 25, 2014 at 10:15 am
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HEMET, Calif. — A 14-year-old boy suspected of brutally beating an 87-year-old woman at a senior housing facility was arrested following a days-long search in California, authorities said.

The assault occurred during an apparent robbery at the Camelot Independent Living complex in the Riverside County city of Hemet, authorities said.

"It's an 87-year-old victim minding her own business in the safety of her own home," police Lt. Dean Evans told the Riverside Press-Enterprise (http://bit.ly/RSxP6F ).

The woman remained hospitalized in critical condition on Thursday.

Investigators said it appeared she was not specifically targeted. No further details were released about the attack.

The teen was taken into custody Thursday night at a hotel in Temecula, Evans told the newspaper.

A 15-year-old boy was arrested on April 17, the day of the attack. He was being held without bail at Southwest Juvenile Hall.

Officers searching for the 14-year-old released a flier with his name and photograph.

A police news release said the department does not usually identify juvenile suspects, "but due to the serious nature of this case an exception was made in an effort to protect the public and aid in the capture of the suspect."

The arrest warrant alleges attempted murder, burglary and torture, Evans said, noting the boy had extensive contacts with police in the past involving curfew issues and crimes.

Police have contacted family members, but would not say whether they have cooperated.

The Associated Press is not naming the boy because of his age.

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