Niles man fights off intruder, who claimed to be from energy company

A man claiming to be from an energy company tried to invade a Niles home Monday but the resident fought off the would-be intruder.

The incident happened on the east side of Niles around 4:40 p.m.

Raymond Guzman was arrested and faces charged for attempted home invasion, assault and battery and refusal of fingerprinting.

Ryan Herman works the third shift and was sleeping when he heard some noise at his front door.

“I came down to see who it was,” Herman said. “They said it was an energy company stating they wanted my personal information to make sure my rates were the lowest they could be.”

Herman didn’t recognize the company name so he did not let the man inside his house.

“He started getting really irate with me,” Herman said. “He started cussing at me saying he had to have the information.”

The situation escalated and things got physical.

“When I came out the door he shoved me to the wall of my porch,” Herman said.

The struggle continued out in the front yard.

“He attacked me again and punched my dog out of my hands,” Herman said.

Herman was eventually able to get his dog and head back in the house. He said he through the altercation was over but the suspect had other ideas.

“I heard pounding and kicking,” Herman said. “He was trying to push in my door in. I called 911.”

Niles Police soon arrived at the property and arrested Guzman right outside Herman’s door.

“It makes me feel I guess nervous,” Herman said. “Not just for myself but people around here that are just women, kids, elderly people.”

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