Riverside Police Department Press Release

For Immediate Release

Date Tuesday, April 3, 2007
Contact Leon Phillips, Sergeant
Phone (951) 826-5900

Police Officers Help Elderly Burglary Victims

Riverside, Ca- On March 28, 2007, Francisco Javier TORRES, 34 of Riverside, broke into and barricaded himself in an Arlanza area home. Riverside Police METRO Team SWAT officers arrested TORRES after a three-hour standoff. During the standoff, TORRES damaged the interior of the victims’ home.

The residents, an elderly couple, described TORRES as “naked and agitated.” The 77-year-old male resident struck the intruder with a baseball bat but was unable to get the suspect to leave. The suspect struck the male resident in the head with a vase as the victim and his wife, age 69, fled from the house.

During the incident, officers noticed a strong smell of natural gas coming from the house and turned off the gas supply at the meter. The METRO officers surrounded the house and took the suspect into custody without further incident when he surrendered.

The male resident victim was taken to Parkview Community Hospital where he received treatment for his head wound and cuts to his cheek, hands and feet. The suspect sustained multiple cuts and bruises during the break-in. He was charged with burglary, assault with a deadly weapon and felony vandalism.

The METRO officers who participated in the standoff and arrest received donations from community members to assist the couple with repairing the damage to their home. The officers also personally added to the funds from the community. On April 3, 2007, METRO officers presented the couple with a check for $500 to go toward the cost of repair. The check was presented at their house in the 5700 block of Picker in Riverside.