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Two young suspects arrested and accused of home invasion involving kidnapping and theft

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) – A Yuma couple was robbed at gunpoint in their home.

The Yuma Police Department (YPD) said two teenagers broke into their home Wednesday night.

According to YPD, the incident happened in the area of ​​42nd Place near Avenue 8E in Yuma.

The suspects, ages 18 and 17, stole several firearms and other items and are currently in custody.

“So for us to be able to catch these guys and get them off the street is huge, because if they're going to do something like this, what are they going to do next?” said Sergeant Lori Franklin with the Yuma Police Public Information Unit.

Yuma police responded to an armed robbery Wednesday evening where they say a 79-year-old man was held at gunpoint for an extended period of time as the suspect tried to get the combination to a safe.

“The wife returned home. She is in her 60s. They again brandished a firearm at her, threatening her life and causing injury. She provided them with the combination. They opened the safe, retrieved the weapon and other items from the resident and fled the scene,” Sergeant Franklin said.

Police said the suspect was found near the scene of the robbery with assistance from the Yuma County Sheriff's Office, Western Arizona Police and the Border Patrol.

“The Border Patrol also has assets such as drones, and by bringing these assets together we are able to intercept and apprehend suspects more quickly,” Sergeant Franklin said.

The 18-year-old suspect appeared in court and had six charges read out to him: theft, aggravated assault, kidnapping, burglary, armed robbery and aggravated robbery.

A 17-year-old suspect is also charged with the same crimes but is being held at the Yuma County Juvenile Detention Center.

YPD released one of the victim's current conditions.

“This is a serious crime. Kidnapping, armed robbery, intimidation. The elderly male sustained minor injuries, nothing serious. But still, he is an elderly male,” Sergeant Franklin said.

The suspect is scheduled to appear in court again on Monday and is being held on $250,000 bail.

The incident remains under investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact YPD at 928-373-4700 or 78-Crime at (928) 782-7463, on condition of anonymity.

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