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TPD breaks up violent home invasion crew

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TUCSON-It's one of the most dangerous and violent home invasion groups Tucson police has investigated in recent memory.

Tucson police said this group is tied into homicides, drugs and money laundering.

They've arrested nearly half a dozen people.

They call themselves "Los Carlos." Police said the home invasion crew is named after Carlos Garcia the current leader of the group.

Detective Scott Ahlskog has worked on this case for two years. He said, “The investigation would encompass what we believed to be three related homicides.  Several aggravated assaults and multiple home invasions.”

Just two weeks ago, the 35 year old Garcia was arrested and charged with illegal control of an enterprise. His bond, a quarter of a million dollars cash.

Tucson police along with federal, and state officers raided five houses on February 9th including Garcia’s .  Detective Ahlskog said they were a sophisticated organization.

During the service of the search warrants police confiscated dozens of guns, ammunition, police equipment including handcuffs, and tens of thousands of dollars in cash.  Investigators said the crew used electronic tracking devices, surveillance and intelligence before they would commit  a home invasion.

The crew, ruthless and dangerous included hired assassins  who according to detectives stayed in a Southwest side home.

In May of 2015, police said "Los Carlos" went into a Midvale Park area home and committed  a home invasion.   News 4 Tucson cameras were there as investigators worked to piece together this complicated puzzle of what police say was a criminal enterprise.

“We were able to witness surveillance footage that four to five armed gunman storming the house.”

Detectives said the men were in the house a short time, “And they exchanged gunfire with the residents of the house and several of the neighboring residences were struck.”

One neighbor who asked not to be identified was in her home when the shots rang out.

She said, “I just heard a bunch of gun shots, like five or six gunshots and I got scared.”

Scared because of the children who live in the neighborhood and proximity of the shots.

She said, “The house next door got a few of the bullet shots.  I think it went through the bedroom window and I think there was a child if I remember correctly was sleeping in the front room. And the bullet went right over.”

Four months after that home invasion police said the crew hit an eastside house.

Detectives said multiple suspects forced their way into the home, gunfire was exchanged between the victim and the suspects. The victim had been packaging and shipping marijuana out of the house. Daniel Gordon, 42, was shot and killed.

Forensic evidence left behind, tied 30-year old Alan Rodelo-Velasquez to the scene.  He was arrested on Nov. 17, 2016 and charged with first degree murder.

"Los Carlos" crew is linked to 15 home invasions.  Detective Ahlskog added, for every home invasion that's reported, we believe there's an additional five to ten that go unreported. So simple math would say somewhere between 75 to 150 home invasions could be linked to this group.”

While this investigation spanned two years and countless hours of police work, it's by no means complete.  There could be more arrests.  Tucson police ask if you have information call 88-CRIME or 911. 

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