Dayton man, 82, awakes to burglar smothering him

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DAYTON -- Police say an elderly Ohio man awoke as a burglar was trying to smother him with a pillow.

Police said the 82-year-old Dayton homeowner was able to break free during the burglary and scratch his attacker in the face.

Police say the suspect fled.

Police later arrested 39-year-old John Riggs Jr. and say he was bleeding from a facial wound.

Police say that Riggs told them he went to the victim's house because he had been told the man had a lot of money lying around.

Riggs was arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary.

It's unclear whether he has an attorney.

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Information from: WHIO-TV, http://www.whiotv.com

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