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Teens arrested for home invasion
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Two DCHS students were arrested at school after a city police investigation allegedly determined that they forced their way into a Smithville woman’s home and robbed and assaulted her last week.According to Lieutenant Matt Holmes of the Smithville Police Department, the two teenage boys allegedly entered the woman’s residence around 11:30 p.m. on Sept. 18. He said that the victim, who reportedly lives alone, heard a noise behind her home.Holmes said the woman cracked open the door to investigate, and the two teenagers, who were wearing hockey masks and brandishing razor knives, forced their way into the house.One of the young men allegedly tackled the woman, pepper sprayed her multiple times, and tried to insert a wash cloth in her mouth to keep her quiet.The other suspected invader reportedly ransacked the home, stealing a .38 caliber revolver and other items with a total value of approximately $600.Holmes said the juveniles are in state custody at the Cookeville Juvenile Detention Center, and have been named in petitions accusing them of committing delinquent acts. They face charges of especially aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, aggravated assault, and felony theft.The victim of the attack reportedly suffered cuts, scrapes, and bruises, but was not seriously injured, and declined medical attention.