PD: Phoenix resident captures burglary suspect at gunpoint

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Posted at 12:00 PM, May 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-16 16:20:35-04

PHOENIX — A Phoenix resident returned home just in time to stop a burglar exiting his house, according to court paperwork.

Around 5:30 a.m. on May 10, police responded to a home near 67th and Thomas avenues for a reported burglary.

According to police, a woman was hiding in her locked bedroom because she believed there was someone in her apartment.

The woman called her boyfriend, who had just left for work, and told him there was someone in their home.

The woman's boyfriend returned just in time to see Francisco Antonio Armendariz, 38, coming out of the apartment. The man took out his handgun and ordered Armendariz to the ground.

Police found Armendariz laying on the ground just outside the apartment with his hands behind his back when they arrived.

Armendariz allegedly admitted to entering the home through a kitchen window.

Police say that while at the 4th Avenue Jail, Armendariz assaulted another inmate by punching him in the face while he was sleeping.

Court and Arizona Department of Corrections records show that Armendariz served 18 years in prison for armed robbery and was released in October 2017.

He has been charged with criminal trespassing and aggravated assault.