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Crime Trackers: Ex-wife goes to the extreme for revenge

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A Tucson woman is facing charges in a bizarre case involving an ex-wife, her ex-husband and his girlfriend.

According to Pima County Sheriff's investigators, the ex-wife disguised herself to gain entry into the former spouse's house he shared with the girlfriend.

What followed, you cannot make up. 

There is surveillance video of a woman walking into the Trails West Mobile Home Park.  She is disguised in a black wig, dark sunglasses, a scarf around her neck and a walking cane, the kind visually impaired people use.

Detectives said she showed up at the mobile home park with a bag. In it, she had a gun, three syringes filled with an unknown substance and pepper spray.

The woman knocked on the door where her ex-husband and his girlfriend live.

Det. Shawn George said she asked for the boyfriend and said he had done some work on her vehicle the previous week. She said she brought him cookies to thank him.

The girlfriend invited the woman in. They had lemonade and the woman walked around the house. George said she pulled out a handgun and ordered the victim from the kitchen to the bedroom.

She told the victim  to lay on the bed.

“While still holding her at gunpoint, [she] produced a syringe with an unknown substance in it, indicating she was going to inject the contents of the syringe into the victim,” said George.

That was when the 66-year-old victim fought back.

“They get into a physical altercation with each other," said George. "During that, the victim says she is able to press the plunger on the syringe and empty its contents “

The altercation spilled into the living and kitchen area, where the suspect produced a second syringe. 

“The victim said she was able to bend the needle on that syringe and also empty its contents as well,” said George.

The suspect was on top of the victim. She started punching her in the face and head.

When the intruder pulled a third syringe, the victim threw it across the room.

The wig flew off in the scuffle and the victim recognized 59-year-old Alanna Starkey, her boyfriend's ex-wife.

The victim tried to reason with her.

“'You don't have to do this. I’ll get you some help'," said George. "There's some argument back and forth about reporting it to law enforcement. The suspect then produced a can of pepper spray, spraying the victim in the face.”

The victim finally ran out of the house and called 911.

That was when the suspect ditched her disguise and calmly walked out of the mobile home park.

Neighbors said Starkey used to live there.

They neighbors said they have seen her visit twice before the May 3 assault.

A search warrant said, “There was a prior domestic violence case that's currently still going through the justice courts."

When detectives questioned Starkey, she told them she had been unemployed for about a month.  She had some problems getting employment as a nurse due to some prior problems with the domestic violence with the ex-husband.

Alanna Starkey is charged with kidnapping, burglary and aggravated assault. She was indicted on Monday for those charges. They also added aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. 

Detectives said she will likely face added charges once the investigation is complete.

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