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Caught on Tape: Arizona homeowner fights off armed gunmen

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Published on Feb 17, 2009

Update: suspect arrested in home invasion caught on tape

A suspect has been arrested in connection with an attempted home invasion in Tucson. David Gutierrez, 22, is charged with attempted armed robbery, attempted aggravated robbery and aggravated assault with a firearm.

Investigators say the victim fought back by shooting at a group of armed men trying to break into his house. This all happened Feb. 5 near Cardinal and Irvington on the southwest side.

The video from a surveillance system overlooking the driveway of the victim's home. It shows the suspects pull up in a car and jump out. One of the would-be home invaders fires a shot as he runs into the garage. Within seconds several more shots ring out. Investigators say those came from the man inside the home.

In the video you can see shards of glass fly as bullets hit the front windshield. Two cameras caught the crime on tape. Once the homeowner shot back the suspects scattered. Three ran away on foot and the fourth jumped back into the car and sped away.

A neighbor, who didn't want to show his face heard the gunshots and heard the getaway car speed past his home, "this is new to me. I've been here 23 years and you see it on TV and you feel sorry but now you're living with it and you just got to deal with it."

Police found the getaway car a short while later. Another suspect, 23 year old Jesus Mendivil, remains on the loose, along with two others. If you know where any of them are, call 911 or 88-CRIME.

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