Paraplegic man hit with brick during home invasion; 4 arrested


by Catherine Holland

Video report by Javier Soto

Posted on July 23, 2013 at 6:46 AM

Updated Thursday, Jul 25 at 1:55 PM

Map: 87th Ave., south of Camelback

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PHOENIX -- A witness helped Phoenix police find and detain six people who were allegedly involved in an early morning home invasion during which a paraplegic man was hit in the head with a brick.

It happened at about 11:30 p.m. Monday in a neighborhood south of 87th Avenue and Camelback Road. There were four adults and three kids home at the time.

The homeowner did not want to talk on camera, but told 3TV's Javier Soto that between four and six armed men smashed a back arcadia door, broke into his home and held his family, including three children, at gunpoint.

When it was all over, the kids, ages 8, 9 and 12, told their dad, "We just laid [sic] down and didn't move."

While scared and shaken, they were not hurt.

The violence was not just a threat. For some unknown reason, one of the suspects hit the homeowner's paraplegic cousin, a 38-year-old man, in the head with a brick. At lease one of the suspects kicked him, as well. At last check, that man was in stable condition, his injury serious but not considered life-threatening. He remains in the hospital.

The victims say the suspects repeatedly demanded money, jewelry and drugs. They ransacked the house, apparently searching for valuables and then fled the scene through the front door. It's not clear what they took.

As they left the house, the suspects nearly ran down a man who was riding his bike in the area. That witness managed to get a license plate number and vehicle description. That information led police to the suspects in Glendale, where officers took six people into custody without incident.

The homeowner told Soto he is grateful for the witness's help. Police are praising the man, as well.

"We have to give kudos to that witness for giving us the information, for getting involved and giving the the information that led to the arrest of these guys," Phoenix Police Officer James Holmes said.

Detectives have not released any information about the suspects, saying only that information connecting them to the home invasion was found in their vehicle, the one described by the witness.

Police booked four of the men -- Miguel Tarin, 28; Rueben Tarin, 26; Francisco Aguilera, 25; and Anthony Arenas, 20 -- on charges of robbery and aggravated assault. Holmes said the remaining two people are considered investigative leads and have since been released.

At this point it's not clear if the home invasion was a random incident or if the victims were targeted.