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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(16) comments

Rico Rush

AZFAMILY please sign up with grammarly. It isn't that expensive. "He then came back to the apartment and saw Armendariz opened the front door" either had opened or opening the front door.


Great story!!! We have at least 10 of these published in the American Rifleman, the magazine of the NRA. The gist is that with the mere presence of a firearm in the hands of a decent citizen is enough to avoid an attack.


Armendariz is the name of a surgeon here in Phoenix who did a botched job on a surgery, causing serious infection. His 1st name was Gustavo. Wouldn't be surprised if this a-hole is related.


Shoulda pulled the trigger and made him a dreamer.


It’s 🌮🌮🌮🌮🌮🌮 time!


Anoutherr illegal Mexican his country or God does not want.[ban]


What language do you speak, Robs?


What's your primary language, Robs? I mean the one you spoke when you were a ребенок?

Phillup Witgas

Thats a good one !


The 'brown cancer' continues to raise its ugly head...


I have job I support my family I Do no harm to nobody i help people out when they need it...I'm brown do i have cancer?? You're. A racist idiot


You didn’t deny being ugly. Bye bye Brown Cancer

Wayne kenoff

Ghrt, whites are mad because the younger generation of hispanics are growing taller and smashing their women. They hate how attractive we are so they assume every hispanic is illegal. That way they feel better about themselves.


This is one dumb f-I kin idiot. You can’t fix stupid lock his ^ss up throw away the key

Wayne kenoff

This POS is a cali-p****. That’s why there’s an influx in crime here in the valley. All these LA low-lives coming here.


Boyfriend should have finished it!

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