Fire Tuesday damaged an upstairs unit of a triplex in unincorporated Ladera Heights, prompting a woman to break a window and throw her children to safety. Photo via OnScene.TV.

A woman in her early 70s was beaten inside her Torrance home by two people who carried out a home invasion robbery but were later arrested, one of whom is a 17-year-old boy wanted by Denver police on suspicion of homicide.

An alert neighbor noticed suspicious activity outside the home in the 3600 block of Sara Drive and called police at 10:40 p.m. Monday, said Torrance police Lt. Steve Danjou.

When officers arrived, the two men fled the home, Danjou said, adding that one was arrested immediately and the second was found in the attic of the woman’s garage.

Officers discovered the woman was struck several times by the robbers, he said. Police discovered one of them had an outstanding murder warrant from Colorado, Danjou said.

The suspects were being booked on suspicion of home invasion robbery, burglary, and elder abuse, Danjou said.

One suspect was identified in broadcast reports as 17-year-old Dmarco Blake, wanted on suspicion of homicide by Denver police, who reported on Twitter that a briefing would take place later Tuesday morning in front of that city’s police headquarters.

—City News Service

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