Adults, children tied up in home invasion; 4 armed suspects on the loose

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LAVEEN, Ariz. -- Deputies from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office are investigating an apparent home invasion that took place on Wednesday morning in the southwest part of the Valley.

A person called 911 at approximately 6 a.m. to report the incident at a home near 63rd Avenue and Baseline Road, according to Lt. Brandon Jones with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

The caller said four people, heavily armed and dressed in black from head to toe, broke into the home and tied up the occupants of the house for about two hours.

According to investigators, the victims said one of the suspects, a man, had a tattoo of a naked woman on his upper left arm. That man also has a beard. Deputies do not have a good description of the other three suspects.

The suspects took some electronics and other valuables, as well as the homeowners' Expedition and cell phones before fleeing.

While investigators have not determined a motive behind the break-in, they said it appears that the suspects were looking for something specific as they ransacked each room.

Three adults and four children, ages 2 to 10, where home when the suspects broke in. The family moved into the home a few months ago.

Nobody was injured.

The family called a relative to pick up the kids and take them to a safe place. That relative called the incident "unnerving" and declined an on-camera interview.

A man who lives across the street from the victims' home told 3TV's Tanya Mendis that he was awake at 5 a.m. and did not hear a thing. He said the suspects must have been "really sneaky."

Mendis will have the latest on "Good Evening Arizona," starting at 4 p.m.