2 Arrested in home invasion, assault of elderly couple

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX – Police have made two arrests in a home invasion in which an elderly couple was tied up and robbed.

It happened at about 2 a.m. Thursday at a home in the neighborhood of 36th Street and Greenway Road in northeast Phoenix.

Two armed, masked men cut through a metal security door at the side of a house in order to break in. William and Joan Hickling, both of whom are in decline health, said they woke up to the suspects telling them not to move and not to say a word. The men then zip-tied the couple as they lay in bed, telling them to stay put. The suspects then proceeded to go through the house, taking whatever they could find.

The two men got away with a coin collection, cash, weapons, jewelry, various electronics and the Hicklings’ car. While the Hicklings were not physically injured beyond being tied up, both were shaken by the incident.

According to Sgt. Trent Crump of the Phoenix Police Department, investigators developed information about the suspects’ identities Saturday night.

Officers arrested Charles Crockett (pictured above left) in the East Valley the same night. When they took him into custody, they found Crockett to be in possession of property belonging to the Hicklings.

Sunday morning, detectives served a search warrant at a Mesa home. They recovered more evidence in the case and questioned two investigative leads. That information led them to the second suspect, Travis Correia (pictured above right). Crump said Correia admitted that he was involved in Thursday morning’s home invasion.

The victims’ car, a 1998 tan Buick Century with an Arizona handicapped license plate with the number FRB-587, is still missing. If you see that car, you are asked to called the Phoenix Police Department at 602-262-6151.

Crump said Crockett and Correia targeted the Hicklings. They had been at the couple’s home on Wednesday to visit a member of the family.

Crockett, 35, has been booked on several felony counts, including kidnapping, first-degree burglary, armed robbery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, criminal trespassing and illegal weapons possession.

Correia, 20, is charged with kidnapping, armed robbery, aggravated assault, car theft, identity theft and credit-card theft.

No other details about either suspects were immediately available.

Crump said investigators are continuing to work the case.