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PD: Mesa residents evade burglar, flee to neighborhood fire station

Posted: 12:53 PM, Aug 06, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-06 20:16:11Z

Resourceful Mesa residents evaded a burglar last week by fleeing to a neighborhood fire station, according to officials.

Mesa police report that in the early morning hours of July 31, they received a call of a home burglary in process. 

Police responded to the residence near Mesa Drive and Main Street, where they found 42-year-old Virgilio Valenzuela Arguelles. 

The residents, hearing Arguellas enter the home, escaped through a bedroom window and fled to a nearby fire station. 

Arguellas was found in the backyard of the home with a cut hand. Police say they also found a broken window where Arguellas had cut himself. 

He has been charged with criminal damage and trespassing.