Suspected robber attacked, hospitalized by victims

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PHOENIX --  A suspected criminal remains in the hospital after his intended victims turned on him.

Police say Justin Pare, 33, was attacked Friday night at an apartment complex at Seventh Avenue and Hatcher Road.

Investigators said Pare was wearing a Halloween mask when crawled through a window into an apartment, pulled two guns on the resident and demanded money.

The resident ran out to the courtyard where a Halloween party was going on. Pare followed, reportedly waving his guns at neighbors and continuing to demand money.

Those neighbors fought back.

Pare's skull was severely fractured after he was attacked with a bat and a two-by-four.

Pare managed to get to his car and drive away, but police caught up with him a short time later.

At last check, Pare was in critical condition.

"He deserved what he got," said one neighbor. "He pointed a gun at all of us and he meant business."

None of the residents, several of whom suffered cuts and bruises in the altercation, will face charges because they have the right to defend themselves.

Pare, who is from Tucson, has quite a rap sheet, including, among other things, arrests for armed robbery and assault.