Gilbert couple victims of home invasion

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by Mike Watkiss

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Posted on September 21, 2012 at 7:54 PM

GILBERT, Ariz. -- It was a very scary start to the day for Gilbert residents Brian Schiff and Hannah Hill.

The young couple was asleep in bed when they were awakened by their barking dog and the "boom, boom" sound of two men kicking in their back door.

"I came out and saw them kicking in the door," Brian said. "I go back in my room, lock the door and call 911. Then they kick my door in."

"The guy had a gun, I froze and covered myself with a blanket," Hannah said.

Brian said one of the men grabbed his phone and could tell he had called 911.

The two men then grabbed a few other items in the home near Warner and Val Vista and fled.

But thanks to Brian's call to 911, Gilbert cops were already racing to the area.

"When our first officer arrived, they saw the vehicle speeding away from the scene," said Gilbert Police Lt. Joe Ruet.  "Our officer made a quick U-turn and stopped the vehicle."

Ruet said three young people were in the car, a female driver and the two male suspects.

All three bailed out of the car, Ruet said, when the stop was made.

The female driver and one of the male suspects were promptly tracked down and taken into custody by other officers as they flooded the neighborhood.

But one of the suspects was able to elude police despite an extensive search of the area.

For a time, five of the nearby schools were on lock down.

Police describe the still outstanding suspect as a Hispanic male in his late teens or early 20s, medium height, thin build and thin face, wearing a black shirt with red lettering on the front.
 

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