3 arrested for robbing family of 5 at gunpoint

Three individuals, including a 15-year-old boy, were arrested after they robbed a family of five, including three small children, and held them at gunpoint Tuesday morning around 5:30 p.m. 

Gary Wayne Ross, III was one of the three suspects who were arrested when Phoenix Police responded to a call about an armed robbery that happened near Cactus Road and Interstate 17. 

Ross, 21, faces kidnapping, burglary in the first-degree, aggravated assault using a deadly weapon and armed robbery charges, according to court documents.

Officers were in the area investigating a separate incident when a call came in of a gray Chevy Impala vehicle that left the scene of the robbery. 

Officers followed the vehicle which came to a stop. Ross and the other male suspect dashed out. 

The female driver stayed in the car where police arrested her. 

After a foot pursuit, both male suspects were arrested. 

The family told Phoenix police that they had arrived home and shortly after found the three suspects in the living room. The suspects had apparently entered through a closed but unlocked door.

The victim's home was ransacked while the suspects held the family at gunpoint. 

The suspects engaged in physical altercations with the family, including shoving a victim through a living room window. 

The victim landed outside and yelled for help when the suspects ran out of the home, taking with them a 58-inch plasma TV.

Police found a handgun in a residential yard, two others are still missing.

The suspects were taken in for questioning, but refused to talk to police and asked for attorneys.

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