Home invasion suspects on the loose, homeowner severely beaten


by Catherine Holland

Video report by Jill Galus

Posted on July 25, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 28 at 4:32 PM

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PHOENIX – Police are investigating an early morning home invasion in which two men beat and robbed the 60-year-old homeowner.

It happened Friday in the area of 31st Street and Thomas Road.

“We still don’t know how the suspects got into the residence,” Sgt. Tommy Thompson of the Phoenix Police Department told 3TV’s Jill Galus.

According to police, the homeowner was asleep when the men broke in. He awoke to one of the men beating him and was then dragged into the bathroom. The suspects tied him up and then ransacked the house after demanding money and personal items.

The suspects reportedly fled in the victim’s pickup truck, a white 2013 Chevy that was parked in the driveway. The license plate is AYV8813, Thompson said.

It is not clear what else the men took when they left.

At this point, investigators do not have a description of the suspects. The victim told police he had never seen the men.

The victim eventually freed himself and walked to another location for help. He was taken to a local hospital. Although the man was severely beaten, he is expected to recover.

Neighbors say the man, who has lived in the home for years, rarely leaves his house and has a medical assistant visit several times a week.

If you know anything about what happened in this Phoenix neighborhood Friday morning, please call the Phoenix Police Department at 602-262-6151 or Silent Witness at either 480-WITNESS (948-6377) or 1-800-343-TIPS (8477). Spanish speakers may call 480-TESTIGO (837-8446).