Police: Woman talks teen out of house after break-in

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NEW ROCHELLE -

A woman was able to fend off a male teen who broke into her New Rochelle home Thursday.

Investigators tell News 12 that a Davenport Avenue homeowner walked into her home around 9 a.m. to find a man hanging out on the second floor of her house.

Police say she had a conversation with the man, and whatever she said was apparently enough to get him to leave the house peacefully.

They say the suspect took off on foot and for hours evaded a police search that included more than a dozen officers on foot, by car and even by county helicopter.

About two hours after the break-in, police found the man hiding in the front yard of a home about two blocks away.

Resident Justin Mischel said he heard helicopters flying above, but was unaware of the manhunt underway until he walked into his front yard as the man was arrested.

"I didn't know he was hiding, I wouldn't have stayed in the backyard," says Mischel. "I could've been here face to face with him as well."

The man was taken into custody without incident. Police say he will face a number of criminal charges.

Officials say they believe the suspect's intention was burglary, but the homeowner says it appears nothing was taken.

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