ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - When an Albuquerque woman confronted a masked intruder in her home early Friday morning his attempt at disguise failed, according to Albuquerque police.
The victim told police the man broke in through the back of her home nearly Coors Boulevard NW and Central Avenue.
The guy was dressed in black, but despite a purple bandana pulled over his face she suspected it was her grandson.
She says he then grabbed her setting off a struggle during which she ripped off the bandana revealing his face and confirming it was her grandson Thomas Clark.
The woman told police that Clark shoved her to the floor, grabbed her purse and ran. Police arrested him about four hours later at his parents' home.
He eventually confessed to the robbery, according to police, and said he did it because his two friends convinced him it was a way to get money to go to a local casino.
Clark, 22, was arraigned on felony charges Saturday in Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court where a judge set his bond at $15,000.
The victim told KRQE News 13 she's doing OK and is recovering from cuts and bruises on her wrist and neck after being thrown to the ground.
According to the criminal complaint this isn't the first time Clark has broken into his grandma's house. She told police he stole a TV from her last year.
Manners matter especially during the holiday season.
You've heard us talk a lot about Toys for Tots and how you can help needy kids in Albuquerque this Christmas.
The final Toys for Tots collections have been made and the generosity of folks around Albuquerque has been great as always.