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2 arrested in connection with Mesa home invasion

MESA, Ariz. — Authorities say two men suspected in a violent home invasion in Mesa are now in custody.

Mesa police say Jesus Andrade and Joshua Romero are accused of forcing their way into an elderly couple's home and stealing several items.

They say Romero had painted his face red and allegedly was the first suspect to enter the home.

Authorities say Andrade then entered the house and allegedly helped zip-tie an 81-year-old man and his 78-year-old wife.

Police say the suspects fled the scene after stealing a cellphone, cash and other items.

Phoenix TV station KTVK says Mesa police were able to track down the pair by tracing a number one of the men allegedly called from the stolen cellphone.

It was unclear Thursday whether either Romero or Andrade had lawyers yet.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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