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Phoenix (AZ) PD: Robber in Halloween costume jumped by victims
PHOENIX -- A robbery suspect is in critical condition at a Valley hospital after he was jumped by several of his victims Friday night, according to police.
Phoenix Police Sgt. Andy Hill said 33-year-old Justin James Pare allegedly confronted a 29-year-old man in his apartment, near 7th and Peoria avenues, around 10:45 p.m.
Hill said the suspect was wearing a black Halloween costume with a skeleton mask and the victim thought it was a joke until Pare reached into his coat and took out a silver revolver.
Pare reportedly demanded money, telling his victim "don't move or I'll shoot." The victim refused and ran out of the apartment into a courtyard area of the complex.
Hill said the suspect chased his victim and began waving a gun at other neighbors who were attending a party in the same complex.
Pare allegedly demanded money from the people in the courtyard then struck a 32-year-old male in the head with a gun.
According to Hill, the first victim grabbed a bat and struck the suspect, causing him to drop two guns.
Other neighbors and party-goers apparently jumped Pare, striking him a number of times with the bat and a 2x4.
The suspect's mask came off during the struggle and he fled in a 2007 Dodge Nitro, which police stopped in a parking lot near 21st Avenue and Cactus Road.
Pare was transported to John C. Lincoln Hospital with a skull fracture and severe nose injury. Hill said his injury is considered life-threatening.
Three of the robbery victims also sustained minor injuries during the incident, according to Hill.
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