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Suspect: ‘Maybe a broken kneecap was OK’

Three suspects recently have pleaded not guilty to charges related to a May home-invasion robbery - including a teen charged in a similar robbery two weeks prior.

Aaron T. Vanscoik, 18, reportedly admitted to police that he and two others attacked William Dahlen in his home at 2922 E. Providence as he slept just before 1 a.m. on May 11, according to court documents.

The assailants beat Dahlen with bats before they stole his wallet, then used Dahlen's stolen food stamp card a few minutes later the Wal-Mart on North Colton.

Surveillance video helped police identify 40-year-old Lisa Jo Wareham - Dahlen's ex-girlfriend - as a suspect. She was arrested at her home in the 4900 block of North Washington June 10 and reportedly told detectives she recruited her son and three others to give Dahlen "a taste of his own bulls**t," according to an affidavit.

"She said that no one was supposed to get hurt except "maybe a broken kneecap was OK," according to the affidavit.

Wareham's 17-year-old son, Levi R. Ehli, was arrested that day and is charged as an adult with first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, second-degree assault and conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery.

Vanscoik was arrested June 14 and pleaded not guilty July 1. He's also charged with a robbery April 29 in which he and two others are accused of kicking in an apartment door at 1223 E. Hoffman and stealing a TV and an Xbox 360 video game console. A 14-year-old boy also is a suspect.

A third suspect, 22-year-old Tony A. Darling, Jr., pleaded not guilty to robbery and burglary charges in Superior Court on Tuesday. Police say Darling is a Norteno gang member.

All robbery suspects are in jail except Ehli, who is out on $20,000 bond.

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