Peoria police arrest third man in home invasion

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PEORIA, Ariz. – Peoria police officers arrested three people in connection with a home invasion in July.

Larry Landwehr, 59, and his 30-year-old son, Curtis, were taken into custody following a barricade situation two days later.

On Wednesday, the Phoenix Police Department's Fugitive Task Force apprehended the third suspect, James Joseph Galligan III, of Glendale, in a motel room near Central Avenue and Indian School Road. They turned him over to Peoria police.

According to police spokesman Jay Davies, the three men went to a home near Peoria and 69th avenues on July 30 regarding a financial dispute with the residents.

An altercation started and the front door was pulled from its hinges during the struggle.

One victim yelled that he was calling the police and the suspects fled the residence.

On Aug. 1, Peoria police were conducting surveillance on a home near Sweetwater and 45th avenues in Phoenix where the father and son were believed to be staying.

When police initiated contact, Larry, Curtis and Curtis' girlfriend barricaded themselves in the house.

Crisis negotiators established telephone contact with the suspects and eventually talked them out of the home.

Davies said Larry came down from the attic but stopped obeying commands from SWAT team members and Peoria's K9 had to be deployed. Larry sustained bites to his thigh and fingers and was taken into custody. He was transported to a local hospital for those minor injuries as well as dehydration.

Larry was booked into Fourth Avenue Jail after admitting to Peoria detectives that he initiated the assault, according to Davies.

Curtis and his girlfriend were taken into custody without incident. Curtis was booked into Fourth Avenue Jail. The girlfriend was not involved in the home invasion and faces no charges.

Detectives learned that Galligan was bitten by the homeowner's pit bull during the incident. 

Galligan will be charged with second-degree burglary, criminal trespassing and criminal damage.