A 79-year-old, wheelchair-bound man sustained minor head injuries in a home-invasion robbery early Tuesday morning, and the perpetrator may have been sought by police for being drunk in public earlier in the night.


First, Deputy Jeromy Snyder responded to a 12:47 a.m. call of a man, who appeared to be drunk, lying in the street in the 17700 block of Sycamore Street. The man stumbled down the street toward Peach Avenue, according to a witness. The man couldn't be found following an area search.


Then, at approximately 1:14 a.m., a 911 call reported a home invasion robbery one block away and the description of the robbery suspect matched the description of the suspect reported earlier. The suspect in both incidents was described as a Hispanic male about 20-25 years old and approximately 5'10" with a close-cropped haircut and thin mustache.


When Deputy Snyder responded, he discovered that the suspect apparently had gone through the elderly victim's backyard, broken a sliding glass door window with a heavy object and entered the residence. Upon entering the home, the suspect began throwing items around, which startled the resident.


"What's going on out there?" the victim said, according to the police report.


The suspect allegedly walked into the bedroom and demanded money. When the victim said he didn't have any, the suspect allegedly began punching him, causing two large cuts to the victim's forehead. As a result, the victim was knocked out of his bed, the report stated.


The suspect then rummaged through the man's dresser drawers. When the suspect didn't find any money there, he returned to the victim, kicked him in the face and fled on foot.


The victim was treated by medical personnel at the scene but refused to be transported to a hospital.


An investigation is underway to determine the suspect's identity. Anyone with information in this crime is asked to call the Hesperia Station at 947-1500 or call WE-TIP at (800) 782-7463.