3 armed suspects on the loose after home invasion in West Phoenix

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by Catherine Holland

azfamily.com

Posted on December 23, 2010 at 9:32 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 23 at 9:38 AM

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PHOENIX -- Detectives are searching for three armed suspects in an early morning home invasion in West Phoenix.

It happened shortly before 7 a.m. in the area of 59th Avenue and Thomas Road.

According to Sgt. Tommy Thompson of the Phoenix Police Department, three armed men entered the home through the back door.

A 57-year-old man was in the kitchen at the time. He was the first person the suspects encountered.

The suspects demanded money and jewelry, and used the butt of a handgun to hit the man's chest several times.

Another man, three adult woman and three young children were also home at the time of the break-in. They were asleep at the time, but were awakened by the ruckus.

Thompson said the three suspects are Hispanic males between 24 and 30 years old. They were all wearing bandannas and hoodies, and they were all armed.

"This is the kind of situation where we reach out to the community [for tips]," Thompson said.

Anybody who might have seen anything strange in the area, particularly anybody wearing a bandanna, is asked to call the Phoenix Police Department.

"That's the kind of tip we need to find out who these individuals are," Thompson said. "If they hit this place, there's a chance they'll hit another one."

The suspects did get away with jewelry and money, but the exact amounts were not immediately available.

The man who was pistol whipped suffered only minor injuries and did not need to go to the hospital.

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