3 In custody after attempted burglary in Tempe

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Phillip Lee By Jennifer Thomas Phillip Lee By Jennifer Thomas

TEMPE – Tempe police arrested three suspects armed with a semi-automatic weapon who allegedly tried to break into a home in the 2000 block of East Carson.

Police say the homeowner confronted the suspects, began yelling at them and stated he had a weapon. The suspects fled and no shots were fired.

A Tempe dispatcher contacted Bustoz Elementary School, which is several block from the home, as children were being dropped off. The school was put on lockdown while officers set up a perimeter to search the area.

Police saw two of the suspects running and initiated a foot pursuit before detaining them. Both were taken into custody while a K9 team and other officers conducted a house-to-house search.

Phillip Lee, 21, of Queen Creek, and Christian Lawhorn, 22, of Mesa, were both arrested and charged with first-degree felony burglary.

An officer notified residents in the neighborhood of the situation with an amplified bullhorn and asked them to stay inside their homes while police searched for the third suspect.

The outstanding suspect was arrested at approximately 8 p.m. Thursday. Douglas Eric Ross, 27, of Mesa, is being charged with first-degree felony burglary, as well as misconduct involving weapons, a fourth-degree felony, and possession of stolen property, a misdemeanor.

Investigators continue the work to determine if there was a relationship between the victim and the suspects, what prior contacts, if any, there may have been between the victim and the suspects, and if any of the parties may have been involved in additional crimes in Tempe or other locations.