PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - A Phoenix man prevented a situation from getting worse when he forced an intruder to lie down at gunpoint, according to court documents.

[VIDEO: Intruder held at gunpoint until police arrived]

It happened around 5:30 a.m. on Friday, May 10, near 67th Avenue near Thomas Road.

Police said right after Aaron Ayala left his apartment, 38-year-old Francisco Antonio Armendariz "aggressively" knocked on his door with his girlfriend still inside the apartment. She looked through the peephole and saw Armendariz pacing back and forth on the third-floor landing.

That's when the woman went back to her bedroom, locked the door and called her Ayala.

"Someone was in the house. I remember hanging up and ran straight over there," Ayala told Arizona's Family.

He then came back to the apartment and saw Armendariz opened the front door. He then drew his handgun and told Armendariz to lie down on the ground, court documents say.

"He took a step where he was prepared to do something. But once he got (close to the gun)... he completely shut down," said Ayala.

Officers arrived and took Armendariz into custody.

Court documents say Armendariz admitted to getting into the apartment through an unlocked kitchen window.

While at the jail, police said Armendariz punched a man who was sleeping and handcuffed in the intake waiting area. The victim possibly suffered a broken nose.

Armendariz faces one count of first-degree trespassing and one count of aggravated assault.

Bond was set at $10,000.

 


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