The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office say two men broke into a suburban Boca Raton home last month, hit the teen who lived there on the head and robbed him.
Surveillance footage and witnesses’ tips led deputies to arrest 17-year-old Michael Green and 16-year-old Christian Diaz on burglary and armed robbery charges, according to court records. Both are being charged as adults, jail records show.
The injured teen told deputies he was asleep at about 4 p.m. Sept. 6 at his home, west of Boca Woods Country Club and north of Loxahatchee Road.
He’d come home early from school, he said, smoked a marijuana cigarette and fell asleep in his bedroom. He was awakened by a bang at the front door. When he left his room, he was pushed against a wall by two “kids” in camouflage and masks, he told deputies.
He recognized one to be Green, a Hollywood resident. He told deputies they were friends in middle school.
The teen fought with the suspects, one of whom hit the teen on the head with a hard object, according to a sheriff’s office report. The suspects made off with money and jewelry, the teen told deputies. They fled in a getaway car parked nearby.
Deputies said the teen had scratches around his neck, a cut on the back of his head and blood stains on his shirt.
A person who saw the teens flee the house told deputies one was Diaz, who lives in Boca Raton. Surveillance footage from the neighborhood shows Diaz and Green enter, then leave the home, according to a sheriff’s office report.
Both teens are being held in the Palm Beach County Jail. Both have juvenile records, which influenced Judge Joseph Marx’ decision to hold them in jail without bond until their next court appearance.