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Nov 8, 2012 8:55 PM by John Patrick

Oro Valley Police investigating a violent home invasion

ORO VALLEY, Ariz. - Wednesday evening the Oro Valley Police Department responded to a violent home invasion on the 11000 block of North Meadow Sage, and they aren't looking for your usual suspects.

Police say that one of the suspects could be as young as 9 years old. The boy knocked on an elderly woman's door asking to use the phone, according to officials. When she opened the door, two other suspects barged in with guns. The suspects then tied the victim up and ransacked her home, looking for stuff to steal.

Police say the suspects are a white male and female, both 16 to 18 years old, and both were wearing blue jeans and dark hooded sweatshirts. The other was a 9-to-10-year-old white male.

Lt. Kara Riley with the Oro Valley Police Department says, "The person that knocked on the door was so young it would be common to want to open the door and assist somebody, especially at that young age you wouldn't think that they were a threat. But obviously in this situation they were."

Riley goes on to explain, "It's very unusual in this community to have something like this occur." In fact, they are still looking into whether or not this was a random act. Riley says, "Maybe perhaps the victim knew these people...we don't know at this time."

The neighborhood watch at the Desert Vista Naranja Estates tells News 4 Tucson that a similar crime happened a year earlier. The home invasion victim's neighbor had a strange run-in with a teenage boy and girl coming by asking for money. After she proceeded in telling them no, the two teenagers verbally abused her and vandalized her home.

The head of the neighborhood watch still describes the community as close knit, saying, "Everyone just kind of watches out for one another."

Oro Valley Police are still on the hunt for the three suspects and want to remind people to keep a well-lit front and backyard and don't hesitate to give them a call if you don't know who is at your front door.

If you have any further details on this crime you are urged to call the Oro Valley Police Department at 520-229-4900 or dial 88-CRIME.

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