SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — Authorities have arrested a 17-year-old on suspicion of attempted murder in a hammer attack on a South San Francisco man.
South San Francisco police say the teenager strangled the 47-year-old nearly unconscious and hit him in the head twice with a hammer on Sunday while helping the man clean out his garage.
Police spokeswoman Joni Lee said the teenager became upset when the victim, who has not been identified, reneged on an offer to give the teen a stereo amplifier in exchange for helping him clean up the garage.
The teen was arrested at the scene after a neighbor who heard screaming called police.
He was booked into Hillcrest Juvenile Facility.
The victim was taken to Kaiser hospital before being transferred to San Francisco General.
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