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May 28, 2014

Police: Man whipped teen who broke in

Homeowner saidhe felt justified in actions against 17-year-old

PERU – A 17-year-old boy was tied to a chair and beaten by a 33-year-old Peru man after he said he caught the juvenile burglarizing his home on Friday, deputies say.

Reginald Greene told deputies he caught the juvenile breaking into his home in the 1200 block of Chanute Avenue in the Eagle’s Pointe housing addition near Grissom Air Reserve Base.

Greene told deputies the 17-year-old tried to flee, but he chased him down and brought him back to the house, where he tied the juvenile to a chair and duct-taped his hands.

Deputies said Greene then punched and kicked the boy, whipped him with a belt and shocked him twice with a stun gun.

Two hours later, deputies said Greene called to report the burglary.

When deputies arrived at the house, they said the juvenile was sitting on the couch being detained by Greene.

The 17-year-old was bruised but didn’t suffer any serious injuries, deputies said.

Greene told deputies he felt justified beating the juvenile since he had broken into his house.

Deputies said Greene and the 17-year-old know each other, and the boy admitted to stealing from Greene in the past, but denied burglarizing the house Friday.

Deputies said there were no signs of forced entry or burglary at the house.

The boy told deputies Greene invited him into his home and then detained and beat him.

The juvenile was interviewed at the scene and released to his mother, deputies said.

Greene was arrested on a felony charge of criminal confinement and a misdemeanor charge of battery.

His girlfriend, Tanisha Witt, who deputies said was in the house during the incident, was also arrested on a charge of criminal confinement.

Both were incarcerated at the Miami County jail and later bonded out.

Deputies said they continue to investigate the incident, and will submit their findings to the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office, which may bring additional charges in the case.

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