1 dead after home invasion in West Phoenix


by Catherine Holland

Video report by Tess Rafols

Posted on August 1, 2014 at 6:22 AM

Updated Monday, Aug 4 at 10:33 AM

Map: Near 43rd Avenue and Bethany Home Road

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PHOENIX -- One person is dead after three armed suspects broke into a house in West Phoenix and held a family of four at gunpoint.

It happened Thursday night in a neighborhood northeast of 43rd Avenue and Bethany Home Road. The victims called 911 at about 11 p.m. Detectives were still on the scene Friday morning.

According to Sgt. Trent Crump of the Phoenix Police Department, the suspects rounded up the victims and forced them to the floor.

"We think they came in through the back portion of the house where there's an office area," Thompson told 3TV's Tess Rafols.

There was a scuffle when they encountered one of the victims, a 53-year-old man. That man was severely hurt. He later died at a local hospital. Police have not released any information about that victim.

The victim's wife, a 20-year-old man and 14-year-old boy were all in the house when the suspects forced their way in.

While neighbors heard a vehicle speeding away as the suspects fled the home, police say nobody saw anything. At this point, investigators do not have a description of any suspects or their vehicle.

Detectives are trying to determine if this was a random crime of if the suspects targeted the home. It is not clear if the victims and suspects are acquainted.

"We don't know the motive at this point," Crump said. "Obviously it was a robbery. We don't know why they were targeted.

"Generally, when we go through everything, we find there could be a reason why this person was picked out, why this residence was picked out," he continued. "We hope to be able to understand why that occurred."