Two teen boys face attempted murder, burglary charges

Monday, April 18, 2011 at 1:32pm
Staff reports

Two teenaged boys face attempted murder and aggravated burglary charges for allegedly breaking into an elderly woman’s south Nashville home on Hester Avenue Sunday evening, beating her and fleeing with $21.

Detectives arrested the juveniles, ages 15 and 16, after neighbors reported seeing the 16-year-old in the area and in backyards of homes nearby at around 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Police found him at his home on Lutie Street, along with the 15-year-old, who police said had blood on his shoes.

The two are being held in juvenile detention pending a hearing.

According to police, the two boys kicked open the back door to Edna Grantham’s home before 7 p.m. Sunday. When they encountered Grantham, they allegedly beat her and left her on the floor before taking the money.

Grantham was later able to call a neighbor, who went to her home and then called for an ambulance. Police said Grantham, 75, suffered serious injuries in the attack and was listed in stable condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center Monday morning.

Metro police are looking into other crimes the two teenagers may have committed.