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Elderly man beaten with bat during home invasion

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Posted at 1:24 PM, Feb 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-08 15:24:13-05

Three Chandler men are facing charges after a home invasion in Mesa that left an elderly man with a broken leg after he was beaten with a bat.

Court documents show that 26-year-old Robert Eric Fellows, 51-year-old Daniel William Campbell and 51-year-old Bret Ells forced their way into an apartment near Broadway and Dobson in Mesa at the end of January.

After Fellows pistol-whipped the man who answered the door, Campbell struck the elderly father of the victim with a wooden bat, breaking his lower leg because "(he) wasn't moving fast enough." Campbell continued beating the elderly man while he laid helpless on the floor.

Campbell and Ells stuffed property into two black backpacks, stealing laptops, tablets, jewelry and cash.

They fled the apartment in different directions with Ells jumping into a nearby van. However, as Ells sped off he forget to shut the sliding door and all the evidence and stolen goods flew out of the van.

The first victim recognized one of the suspects and over the next two days, police arrested all three.

They are all facing charges of armed robbery, aggravated assault and kidnapping.