Teen Scares Off Intruder

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014  |  Updated 7:50 PM EDT
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A 16-year-old Hamden boy managed to scare off an intruder with a kitchen knife on Monday afternoon

Amanda Raus, Chris Podosek

A 16-year-old Hamden boy managed to scare off an intruder with a kitchen knife on Monday afternoon

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A 16-year-old from Hamden managed to scare off an intruder with a kitchen knife on Monday afternoon.

The teen was home alone on School Street on Monday afternoon when he heard knocking on the front door, police said.

Moments later, he heard knocking on a back and side door, then someone forced the front door open.

The teen confronted the intruder with a kitchen knife, scaring home off, police said.

Police responded to the house at 2:45 p.m.  to investigate the home invasion and the teen said the intruder ran from the home, onto School Street, toward Whitney Avenue.

Shortly after 5 p.m., Officer Stephen Degrand of the Hamden Police Department stopped Joseph Conte Jr., 32, of 2586 Whitney Avenue, Apartment 2A in Hamden, who fit the general description of the person responsible for the home invasion, police said.

Police determined Conte was the suspect they were looking for, arrested and brought him to police headquarters.

Conte was charged with burglary in the second degree.

He was detained on a $100,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court in Meriden on March 10.

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