Whittier woman attacked after surprising burglar

WHITTIER — A resident who arrived to find a burglar in her home Tuesday afternoon was punched in the head and knocked to the ground.

Whittier police Lt. Randy Inman said the intruder fled with jewelry, laptop and other items but was later caught by officers.

The 12:45 p.m. incident happened in the 16200 block of Honnington Street. Inman said a woman and her child came home and discovered a burglar at the house.

The woman chased the man off the property, he added.

“We started getting 9-1-1 calls about a woman screaming,” Inman said.

Officers spotted the man walking on Russell Street and Whittier Boulevard.

Adam West, 30, of Buena Park was arrested on suspicion of robbery and burglary. West was being held at Whittier Jail.

Inman said coins and other items taken from the house were found on the suspect.

“He discarded the laptop and the jewelry in the trash,” Inman said.

- Staff report
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