METHUEN (CBS) – Four Lawrence teens are in custody after a home invasion Saturday.


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The invasion happened at 3 p.m. on Howe Street.

“Two of the individuals stayed outside the house. Two of the individuals went inside the home. They forced their way in through a front door and assaulted three individuals,” said Lieutennant Kevin Martin, of the Methuen Police Department.

There were more than three residents in the home, and the men ran when the residents started fighting back. But the residents tried to hold them there for police.

An elderly man was hurt, but did not go to the hospital.

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Police arrested three of the four suspects. They were still looking for the fourth suspect and called in the department’s K9 unit Saturday afternoon.

At approximately 5:30 p.m., police announced that the fourth suspect had turned himself in. The teens are being held on $25,000 bail.

Police don’t know why those four teens entered the home. The residents of the home said they didn’t know the individuals.

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The home invasion came just a day after the police department had to issue 50 layoff notices to officers due to budget concerns.