Three suspects in custody after morning crime spree

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PHOENIX - Three suspects led police on a chase, ran into a block wall, then held a woman and her son hostage in a wild crime spree on Friday morning.

According to Phoenix police, just before 10:30 a.m. Phoenix police officers responded to the Central Pawn Shop located in the area of 41st Avenue and Indian School Road in response to a robbery.

Police were told three Hispanic males entered the pawn shop, broke some glass display cases with their hands and took merchandise, fleeing in a white pick-up truck.

A patrol sergeant traveling on Thomas Road to the robbery scene saw the suspects' truck and went in pursuit.

The suspects drove into a neighborhood where they dropped off one of the suspects near 2800 West Palm Lane.

This suspect attempted to flee the area but a patrol officer arrested him. The approximately 20-year-old suspect admitted to being in the vehicle and evidence linking him to the pawn shop robbery was found in his possession.

The remaining two suspects continued to flee and collided with a block wall in the area of 32nd Avenue and Berkeley Road ending the pursuit.

At this point, police say the suspects forced entry in a home and took a 30-year-old female hostage locking her in a bathroom with her five-year-old son.

The suspects barricaded themselves in the home for about an hour.

They then took the female and her son at gunpoint, forcing her to drive them outside of the police perimeter. One suspect sat in the front with a gun on the victim and the other suspect in the back with a gun on the son.

An alert officer noticed the suspicious looking vehicle and were able to make the stop near 32nd Avenue and Palm Lane.

The female victim and her son were safely taken out of the car without incident and the two suspects, who are brothers, were taken into custody.

All three suspects face a number of felony charges.