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Burglary suspect holds 92-year-old man hostage in his home –

By Joy Benedict

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California (KCAL/KCBS) – The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has arrested a man they say terrorized a Rialto neighborhood and even took a 92-year-old man hostage.

It all happened late Saturday afternoon when residents called deputies after 52-year-old Corey James Dawley allegedly broke into a home in the 5700 block of Sycamore Avenue.

“My neighbor across the street called to let me know that I had to stay in my house because someone was breaking into the neighbor’s house,” said neighbor Benjamin Anaya.

When officers searched the home, they found the suspect hiding in a closet. However, Dawley ran away when officers tried to handcuff him.

Officers were unable to locate him, despite assistance from a bloodhound and a helicopter. The K-9 followed the scent to a house a block away on Magnolia Avenue, but no one answered the door. A few hours later, the 92-year-old man who lives in the house ran barefoot to a neighbor and said the burglar, whom investigators were looking for, had broken into his house.

Neighbors who spoke with the victim said the suspect burst into the elderly man’s home and then fell asleep. When the homeowner ran for help, the suspect stole his car and took off again.

Detectives used their databases and resources to identify the man as Dawley before staking out several locations in Victorville and San Bernardino.

On Wednesday, officers saw Dawley leaving a home in San Bernardino and arrested him after a traffic stop.

He has been charged with residential burglary, resisting arrest with violence, home invasion, elder abuse, false imprisonment, kidnapping and grand theft auto.

Investigators believe he is responsible for other home burglaries in San Bernardino and Rialto.

They urged anyone with information about Dawley to contact Fontana Sheriff Station emergency services at (909) 356-6767. Those who wish to remain anonymous can contact the We-Tip Hotline at 1(800) 782-7463 or visit the website.

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