3 In custody after armed robbery, sexual assault

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PHOENIX -- Phoenix police were responding to an armed robbery and sexual assault in Phoenix Saturday night when they say they were forced to open fire on one of the suspects.


3 in custody after armed robbery, sexual assault - Police say a woman was sexually assaulted and a 14-year-old girl was sexually abused during a robbery at a Phoenix apartment Saturday night.

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The shooting left the suspect in critical condition at a Valley hospital.

Police officers are looking for one suspect who they say ran from the scene, but there could be two more on the run.

According to police, about 9:45 p.m. Saturday four to six men with handguns barged into an apartment near 35th Avenue and Indian School Road. There were seven people inside.

While the suspects were stealing cash and jewelry, police say one woman was sexually assaulted and a 14-year-old girl was sexually abused.

During the attack someone inside was able to call police. When officers arrived, the suspects took off.

Officer Mike Neel was one of the officers who began to chase the suspects on foot.

The nine-year veteran of the force was chasing Jesus Garcia-Perea, 25, when the suspect reportedly aimed a gun at him.

That's when Neel opened fire, hitting Garcia-Perea twice.

He is now in critical condition in a Valley hospital, facing numerous charges.

Jonathan Escarrega-Castillo, 21, and Jesus Serreno-Montoya, 22, were also caught by police.

Both were booked for armed robbery but face additional charges. They told police they are in the United States illegally and investigators are trying to verify their immigration status.

Detectives are now trying to figure out why this family was targeted.

Following standard procedure, Neel is on three days of paid leave while police finish an investigation into the shooting.