2 arrested after hitting homeowner with a minivan
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. (WHDH) -- Two teenagers were arrested after they hit a North Andover homeowner with a minivan.
“Hey, somebody just broke into my neighbor’s house…” a neighbor said in her 911 call to police after she noticed a suspicious person leaving her neighbor’s house.
“We responded to a possible break in progress -- meaning that the person was inside the house and had exited. We put a BOLO out in the area, ask area cars, you know, be on the lookout,” said Lt. Charles Gray of the North Andover police department.
The police report says when the homeowner tried to stop the suspect, the suspect jumped into a minivan yelling “Go, go, go” to the driver, who then hit the homeowner before taking off.
The suspects didn’t get very far -- the victim’s neighbor is a police dispatcher and a short time later investigators arrested the two teenagers, ages 16 and 17 years old.
“He approached the subjects and tried to engage them. They refused to talk. They jumped in their vehicle and left, in doing so, struck him with their vehicle,” said Gray.
The homeowner is doing fine. He had been out for a walk when the suspect entered his home. Sources said the suspect may have hit the wrong house by accident.
The homeowner’s 14-year-old daughter was in her bedroom when she heard a noise. She opened the bedroom door and saw the suspect before he rushed out of the home.
“Observant neighbors helps, especially when they know their neighbors, they know who’s outside, who’s not around,” said Gray.
The 16-year-old suspect is being treated as a juvenile. The 17-year-old suspect was arraigned Tuesday on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.