A violent parolee is behind bars again after an elderly man in a Citrus Heights senior living center awoke at 6 a.m. Tuesday morning to find a burglar inside his apartment, police said.
88-year-old Charles George confronted the burglar, but the 37-year-old suspect forced him to the ground and fled the scene with some stolen personal possessions. Police said George, who previously served in the military, “fought back” by getting up and enlisting help from staff at his Crosswood Oaks Apartments care facility.
Police were contacted by security and began searching for the suspect, who was located about a quarter-mile away in a wooded area “as he was changing his appearance.” Police said the suspect, Benjamin Tremper, was “positively identified” and arrested.
“Our officers were able to locate the suspect based on the timely information provided by Mr. George and the great investigative instincts by our patrol officers,” said Sgt. Wesley Herman in a news release, crediting the 88-year-old for quick-thinking. “His capture will no doubt prevent future members of our community from becoming victims.”
Police said Tremper, who is a resident of Citrus Heights, had been released on parole 54 days ago after serving 13 years in prison for several violent felonies, including home invasion robbery, carjacking and “soliciting another to commit murder.”
Tremper now faces charges of “home invasion robbery, residential burglary, false imprisonment with violence, cruelty of an elder adult, possession of stolen property, and a parole violation.” Online inmate records show Tremper is currently being held without bail in the Sacramento County Jail.
Sgt. Herman said George was uninjured during the incident and his property was recovered.
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