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Citrus Heights man, 88, fights off burglar in his home

Benjamin Tremper
Benjamin Tremper Citrus Heights Police Department

A 37-year-old parolee is in custody, accused of assaulting and robbing an 88-year-old Citrus Heights man during a home invasion.

Charles George was asleep in his residence at Crosswood Oaks Apartments, an independent senior care facility, about 6 a.m. Tuesday when he awoke to find a man inside burglarizing his residence.

George confronted the man and a fight ensued, according to a Citrus Heights Police Department news release. The intruder forced George to the ground, but George, a military veteran, fought back. He was able to get up and summon help from the senior care facility staff.

Security personnel heard the burglar leaving and called police.

Police arrived and began searching for the burglar. Officers found a suspect a short distance from the apartments in a wooded area as he was changing his appearance, police said. George identified the man and police recovered George’s belongings from the suspect, identified as Benjamin Tremper of Citrus Heights.

Police said Tremper is on parole for felonies including home-invasion robbery, carjacking and soliciting another to commit murder. He served 13 years in prison and had been out on parole for 54 days, police said.

Tremper was arrested on suspicion of home-invasion robbery, residential burglary, false imprisonment with violence, cruelty to an elder adult, possession of stolen property and a parole violation. He is being held without bail in Sacramento County Jail.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews