HEMET, Calif., April 25 (UPI) -- A second teenager suspected of brutally beating an 87-year-old woman was arrested hours after police in Southern California released his name and photograph.
The Hemet Police Department said in a statement they decided to identify Raymond Michael Miranda, 14, as a suspect because of the nature of the crime. Miranda and a 15-year-old allegedly entered the victim's apartment in a senior housing project after midnight on April 17 to steal from her.
Lt. Dean Evans said the woman remains in critical condition. He said the arrest warrant accuses the suspect of attempted murder and torture.
“It’s an 87-year-old victim minding her own business in the safety of her own home,” he said.
Evans said the 14-year-old was arrested Thursday night at a hotel in Temecula, about 20 miles south of Hemet. The other suspect was arrested the day of the assault and is being held as a juvenile without bail.
Evans said he could not confirm stories on the Internet that the victim was splashed with bleach during the assault.
“We are not releasing specifics, but I am not going to sit here and tell you that didn’t happen,” he told the Riverside Press-Enterprise.