2 Men arrested in string of Goodyear 'door-kick' burglaries

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Goodyear police and U.S. marshals arrested two men in connection with a string of forced-entry home burglaries.

Augustine Bobby Ortega, 24, and Jimmy D. Guzman, 36, were found Tuesday barricaded in a home near Van Buren and 16th streets in Phoenix, according to Goodyear police spokeswoman Lisa Kutis.

They refused to exit so a K-9 was called to the home. At least one of the suspects was bitten and both were taken into custody.

Last Friday, police and Department of Public Safety officers pursued a green Dodge Dakota linked to about a dozen "door-kick" burglaries in Goodyear since January.

The pursuit started on southbound Loop 303 at Indian School Road in Goodyear and continued along eastbound Interstate 10 into Phoenix. Speeds reportedly reached 110 mph. The pursuit ended when the suspects bailed out of the vehicle and fled near Portland and 16th streets in Phoenix.

Police searched late into the night and located the registered owner of the vehicle, Thomas Carrasco. He was questioned and released.

Police continued to search for Ortega, considered the main suspect in the burglaries, and found him hiding in a bedroom with Guzman Tuesday morning.

Kutis said suspected stolen items from Goodyear and other cities were recovered from the home, including electronics, guns and victims' identifications.

Ortega was arrested and booked on charges including burglary, aggravated assault, theft, probation violation, credit card theft and unlawful flight from law enforcement.

Guzman was arrested for burglary and parole violations.

Police said no further suspects remain at large in this case.