UPDATED 1-20-16: Investigators have concluded that the boy’s story is false, and no crime occurred. Read our updated story here.
LANCASTER –– A 12-year-old boy was knocked unconscious and suffered minor injuries during a home invasion in Lancaster Monday afternoon, authorities said.
It happened around 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, at a duplex at 1020 West Avenue H-14, according to Lt. Derrick Alfred at the sheriff’s Lancaster Station.
The intruders, one wearing a joker mask and the other a pumpkin mask, went into the duplex through an unlocked door, Alfred said.
They initially smashed objects inside the home, and then attacked the boy, who had been home alone, Alfred said.
When the boy regained consciousness, the intruders were gone, Alfred said.
The boy was taken to a hospital to be treated, officials said.
The boy’s father spoke to reporters at the scene Monday afternoon.
“Right now, [my son] is in the hospital, beat up. His ribs — I don’t know if they’re broken or what. He had a black eye,” the boy’s father said.
The father said he went around the corner with his other children to buy donuts, and left the 12-year-old boy at home.
“Next thing you know, my son’s calling that two people came into the house [and] starting beating him up,” the boy’s father said. “They said they were looking for something they left here when they lived here before.”
The boy’s father said the family moved into the residence in August and did not know the previous tenants.
The boy’s father said he asked his son to describe the intruders, and “he said it was two white people.”
A complete description of the suspects was not immediately available. Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station at 661-948-8466.
[City News Service contributed to this report.]