A 14-year-old was one of two young males who allegedly launched a terrifying surprise attack Monday on a 68-year-old man at his Daly City home.
Police said the teens, ages 14 and 18, knocked the “slow-moving” senior down after he answered his door, tied him up with duct tape, and made off with loot and the man’s car.
But the victim had the last laugh.
The Honda Civic the youths allegedly stole contained technology that allowed police to track its whereabouts.
The story unfolded on the unit block of Poncetta Drive when the teens knocked on the victim’s door and forced their way in, police Sgt. Michael Barton said.
After tying the man up, Barton said, the youths took his ATM card and demanded the PIN. They also allegedly grabbed the keys to his car and fled with it.
However, the victim had installed a LoJack Transponder in the vehicle, which when activated can send silent signals to police that a vehicle has been stolen.
Officers picked up on the signal while the Honda was near 24th and Alabama streets in San Francisco, Barton said.
The teens were booked on charges of robbery, burglary, auto theft and elder abuse.