Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Peoria police search for suspect bitten by homeowner's dog in home invasion

By Krystal Klei, KNXV

Police have identified and are searching for a third suspect in connection with a Saturday home invasion in the West Valley.
Officials are asking the public for help locating James Joseph Galligan III, a Glendale resident.
After speaking with those involved in the home invasion, detectives determined Galligan was bitten by the homeowner’s pit bull.
As a result, Peoria police say Galligan may be walking with a limp after sustaining significant injuries including multiple puncture wounds to his hand and leg. Police are unsure which side was injured.
Galligan was at the home during the home invasion, and faces charges of second degree burglary, criminal trespassing, and criminal damage, according to a police news release.
Police say two people have already been arrested in the incident.
They say 59-year-old Larry Landwehr and 30-year-old Curtis Landwehr were taken into custody following a barricade situation at a Phoenix home Monday.
Officers were conducting surveillance of a home near 43 Avenue and Cactus Road Monday afternoon looking for the pair.
Officers observed Larry Landwehr’s vehicle outside the home, and Curtis Landwehr’s vehicle pull up, police said.
After making contact with Curtis and his girlfriend, the two ran into their home and barricaded themselves. They surrendered shortly after, according to police.
Larry came out of the home first, but after failing to obey orders, was bitten in the thigh and fingers by Peoria’s K9, police said. Curtis and his girlfriend were talked out of the home 30 minutes after his father.
Curtis and his father were booked into the 4th avenue jail.
Peoria Police spokesman Jay Davies said the Landwehrs and Galligan were involved in an altercation during the home invasion in the 6900 block of West Comet around 7 a.m. Saturday.
The suspects reportedly threatened the victims at the home with a wrench, and struggled with them at the front door before leaving.
Anyone with information on Galligan is asked to contact Peoria police by phone at 623-773-7045, or by email at PDTips@peoriaaz.gov . Tips may also be provided via text message by typing PPD, then your message to 274-637 (CRIMES).

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