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Sheriff: 16-year-old boy home alone fights off intruder armed with hunting knife in Polk County

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Posted at 9:11 AM, Jul 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-12 09:11:08-04

A 16-year-old boy tells deputies he had to fight off an intruder armed with a hunting knife at his home in Babson Park. 

The Polk County Sheriff's Office responded to the report of an armed burglary on Tuesday night. The teen told deputies he was home alone around 7 p.m. when he heard the door being "jimmied" so he walked down the hallway to find an unknown white male with a hunting knife in the foyer. 

The suspect reportedly ran toward the teen and pushed him against the wall. The teen pushed back and received some superficial lacerations to his abdomen and bicep from the suspect's hunting knife. The suspect ran out of the home and away from the residence. 

Deputies say the unknown suspect will likely be charged with Aggravated Battery along with Armed Burglary. 

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5'10" to 6'0" tall, 200 pounds, clean shaven, crew cut with brown hair. He was wearing a black long sleeve shirt and blue jeans. 

The teen suffered non-serious injuries and did not require stitches. He told deputies he does not know who the suspect is or who why he would be in the house. 

The investigation is ongoing.