The Boston Police Department reports a 3 Harvest Terrace resident got the better of a home-invasion suspect, who fled without his jacket after failing to fight his way inside early Friday.
Police say the resident told officers that he was in his apartment around 12:30 a.m. when he opened his door to see who kept banging on the door of a lower-floor apartment:
"As he opened the door a male with a black jacket covering his head, forcefully pushed the door open and charged him," police say. "A violent struggle ensued inside the apartment between the male suspect and the victim. The victim stated he was able to gain control of the male and force him back into the hallway where the male suspect fell down a flight of stairs, then fled.
"Officers searched the area and a male wearing a torn black tank top was observed attempting to climb a chain linked fence a few blocks away. The suspect was positively identified by the victim."
In addition to home invasion, Erick Lopez, 25, was charged with assault and battery.