Waltham Man Allegedly Assaulted Elderly Man, Took His Wallet

The suspect allegedly invaded a home at 13 Walnut St. in Waltham.

Waltham Police
Waltham Police

A 39-year-old Waltham man is facing serious charges for allegedly forcing his way into a home and stealing a 66-year-old man's wallet.

Jose Santos, of 77 Myrtle St., is facing the following charges: larceny over $250, committing a home invasion while armed, threatening to commit a crime and assault and battery on person over 60, according to Waltham Police. 

The incident began on Jan. 15 when a 66-year-old man at the rooming house at 13 Walnut St. heard somebody banging on his window, King said. The victim, however, ignored the window. 

Then, the victim heard somebody banging on his door claiming to be a Waltham Police officer, King said. The victim answered the door and Santos allegedly tackled the victim, took his wallet and fled, King said. The suspect never displayed a weapon, King said. 

Police responded to the scene and arrested Santos nearby, King said. 

Karen Walz January 22, 2014 at 09:10 AM
Okay, two things: First, "...and stealing AN 66-year-old man's wallet." Second thing: Everyone, I think it's time to STOP referring to people in their 60's as elderly! I mean, look around. Isn't 60 supposed to be the new 50? Or even 40? My point is, it's one thing to be defined as a "senior," but "elderly" is really pushing things these days, as folks are living to be 100, and living life to the fullest in their 60s! (That's my rant for the day, although I think a very justified one.)
Ryan Grannan-Doll (Editor) January 22, 2014 at 09:12 AM
Hi Karen, I used the word elderly because he was over the standard retirement age of 65. Being 30 years old, I am certainly not an expert on this.
Jay D January 22, 2014 at 11:03 AM
The number of stories of violent crime in our neighborhoods is rising dramatically and We're worried about grammar and the definition of old?? I'm a stickler for proper usage as much as the next guy, but I'm a hell of a lot more concerned about this loser trying to do this at my house. Let's hope he actually gets punished for this and not some BS probation from a softie judge. LOCK THESE BOTTOM-FEEDERS UP!!
Che January 22, 2014 at 11:16 AM
This man has been a career criminal already been up state twice hopefully this time he stays 30 yrs p.o.s
Karen Walz January 22, 2014 at 11:25 AM
Jay D, I do agree with you about the seriousness of crime in our neighborhoods, and I don't take that lightly. But I feel justified in commenting about journalistic content as well as the nature of the story. You are feel to comment on what you wish to focus on; I'm not saying you're wrong. BTW, Ryan, don't be too certain that 65 is "standard retirement" these days. Maybe that's what's on the books, but in reality people want to, and often need to, work beyond 65, and in fact wonder if they can ever retire! (Ah, to be 30 again!)
Karen Walz January 22, 2014 at 11:26 AM
Oops--You are FREE to comment on what you wish to focus on.
Frosty the Snowman January 23, 2014 at 04:53 AM
Let's not handle this with kid's gloves, he is elderly. He is in the later stages of life, RGD did not call him a geezer or an old buzzard. Get over it, we have special laws to protect these people, because they are ELDERLY! Just because you are getting up there in age Karen does not mean we all have to pretend you are still 29. Keep up the good work Ryan! I like the detailed Police reports, but I wish the crime would stop so you can go back to full time restaurant inspections.
Karen Walz January 23, 2014 at 08:31 AM
@Frosty: If you are to be so personally insulting, you have no business posting on this site. You don't know my age, which is irrelevant, and no one has to pretend anything toward me. I think you get your enjoyment mostly from insulting people; that's how it comes across to me. I simply think that applying "elderly" gives a false impression of how people's lives, vitality, and longevity are now, as opposed to decades ago, when that age was thought of as basically near death. You may express your opinion, but if you continue personal insults, I'll request that you're barred from further posting.
Karen Walz January 23, 2014 at 08:34 AM
And it's not "kid's gloves." Look it up.
Frosty the Snowman January 23, 2014 at 12:20 PM
@Karen, thanks for the correction. Thanks for giving me permission to express my opinion. Get over yourself.
John D January 23, 2014 at 12:35 PM
#Frosty. You are aging way too gracefully...


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