Home invasion victims getting back on their feet

Posted at 6:25 PM, Mar 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-15 22:46:02-04

A month after four teens broke in to a Goodyear home and held four people at gunpoint, the victims are speaking out. For one of those victims, the robbers stole not only his property, but his livelihood. 

It's the first time this drummer has picked up his sticks in more than a month after losing hearing in his left ear.

"If this does heal, I probably shouldn't be banging a snare drum," John Farkas said. 

On Feb. 12, the robbers held him and three others at gunpoint.

Farkas says the robbers told him and his roommates to get down on the ground. But he stayed standing, trying to diffuse the situation.

"They just clocked him in the head with a baseball bat," said Lindsay Schoepf, Farkas' girlfriend. 

Losing hearing in one ear has thrown off his balance and his ability to walk. He also does work as a contractor and this injury puts that job in jeopardy, too.

"Most of the job requires a boom lift or a ladder. In no way, shape or form will I be able to do that," Farkas said. 

Goodyear police say the teens got away with cash, a gun, and other valuables, including a vehicle found shortly after in the parking lot of an LA Fitness around the block from the home. 

Police have since arrested 18-year-old Kevin Eugene Box and three minors for the crime.

"I'm terrified all the time. I have terrible anxiety now," Schoepf said. 

Farkas is now going to physical therapy to work on walking. He says doctors tell him his recovery could take up to two years.

Schoepf has set up a donation page to help them with medical expenses and to help them get back on their feet.