4-5 Armed men bust into Phoenix home, claim to be with sheriff's office

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Near 19th Avenue and Beardsly Road By Catherine Holland Near 19th Avenue and Beardsly Road By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Several men busted into a Phoenix home early Wednesday morning and tied up four people in a home-invasion style robbery.

It happened at about 5 a.m. in the area of 19th Avenue and Beardsley.

Officer Luis Samudio of the Phoenix Police Department said the four to five suspects who stormed the home were wearing tactical gear and black clothing and were armed with high-powered rifles. The men said several times that they were with the sheriff's office before they zip-tied four people -- two men and two women -- and began ransacking the home.

One of the victims was able to escape through a window while the suspects were busy. That man went to a neighbor's house and called 911.

"That's how we were to respond very quickly and get our Special Assignments Unit here," Samudio said.

By the time the SAU arrived on the scene, the suspects were gone. Police don't know anything about the suspects' vehicle.

It's not yet clear what the men were looking for or why that particular home was targeted.

Investigators are talking to the four victims, none of whom was hurt.

Samudio said this morning's incident bears some resemblance to previous crimes, but investigators are not yet sure if it's the same crew at work.

"We're asking the community ... if they see anything or of they know of anything to please give us a call so we can put a stop to this," he said.