PD: Home invasion suspects called victim an easy target

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by Jennifer Thomas

Video report by Mike Watkiss

Posted on August 31, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 31 at 6:39 PM

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- Tempe police arrested two home invasion suspects Thursday night.

The victim told police he was expecting a roofing repair company when the two suspects knocked on his door near University Drive and Dorsey Lane at about 5:30 p.m.

Police spokesman Sgt. Jeffrey Glover said the victim opened the door and the two men pushed past him into his apartment. They hit the victim and shoved him to the floor.

The suspects gathered items from the residence then forced the victim to leave with them, according to Glover. They walked to a convenience store and forced him to withdraw money from an ATM.

The suspects then released the victim and walked westbound from the store.

The victim went into the store and notified the clerk. Officers responded to the area and began searching for the suspects.

Officers spotted two men who matched the description given by the store clerk walking in the area of University and McClintock drives.

The suspects were later identified by the victim and placed under arrest.

Garret Austin Jors, 18, and Burtron Smith, 20, were transported to the Tempe City Jail and booked for aggravated assault, kidnapping, burglary, threats and strong arm robbery.

Glover said Jors and Smith admitted to the crime. They told police that they watched the victim walk home prior to the incident. The suspects indicated that they chose the victim because he looked like he would be an easy target.

Police are reminding the public to always be aware of your surroundings and report any suspicious activity.

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