Elderly man attacked in Springfield home invasion

Police say Patrick Donovan left fingerprint at the window

File - This is a photo of Patrick Donovan, 19, of Springfield, when he was arrested for breaking into a home on Belmont Avenue and beating an elderly man who lived inside.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A man who allegedly broke into a Springfield home and beat an elderly man who lives there, was caught shortly after police discovered his fingerprints in the house.

According to Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney, Patrick Donovan, 19, of Springfield was arrested Wednesday on charges including home invasion and assault with intent to murder.

The beating victim, who Delaney says lives in a home on upper Belmont Avenue, told police that he was up at around 5:00 Tuesday morning making coffee for his wife, who was volunteering at a local polling place. While he was in the kitchen, a man came up from behind him, and tried to choke him. He tried to defend himself, but the intruder threw him to the ground and struck him several times with a “stick-like object.”

Delaney says the victim’s wife came down to the kitchen and yelled for the intruder to leave, but he would not. Saying he had a gun, he demanded the couple surrender their money. The woman responded that they had no money, and the intruder then ran away.

The elderly man was brought to the hospital, having suffered injuries to his head and face. He remained in the hospital as of Thursday morning, but Delaney said he is in good condition.

The elderly woman described the intruder for police, saying that he had “gagues” in his ears. Police also took fingerprints from the window, where the suspect had gotten in.

As detectives were investigating the case, Delaney says patrol officers had stopped Donovan, who matched the description given by police. Those officers passed on the information to detectives. Delaney says Donovan has a criminal history with the Springfield police, and his fingerprints matched one found on the victims’ window.

Police obtained an arrest warrant, and took Donovan into custody at around 3:00 Wednesday afternoon. In addition to the home invasion and assault charges, Donovan is being charged with assault and battery on a person over 60 years old with serious injury, a separate charge of assault and battery on a person over 60 years of age, and larceny over $250.

He will be arraigned Thursday in Springfield District Court.

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