A Buckeye man allegedly robbed his elderly great-grandparents.
The Buckeye Police Department arrested Tyler Eshenbaugh, 20, Feb. 6, and booked him into jail on a list of charges including armed robbery with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping, resisting arrest and possessing narcotics.
“Eshenbaugh is accused of a Jan. 26 armed robbery of an elderly couple in their home at gunpoint and stealing a wallet with credit cards and cash. It is alleged he used the stolen credit cards a number of times after the robbery,” said Donna Rossi, a spokeswoman for the Buckeye Police Department.
“He is being held on $25,000 bond.”
According to the arrest documents, William and Rose Marie Eshenbaugh, 79 and 76, called Buckeye Police to report an armed robbery by a masked man at 11:30 p.m. Jan. 26.
The man pushed Rose Marie to the ground, then put a gun to William’s head and demanded money.
As William handed over his wallet, his wife ran from the house, screaming for help. Police documents state the suspect grabbed the elderly woman and carried her back into the house “before fleeing on foot.”
Buckeye detectives interviewed the family and were told Tyler Eshenbaugh, who fit the physical description of the masked suspect, had a history of stealing from them.
After credit cards stolen from the elderly couple were used, detectives viewed surveillance footage at the stores and identified Tyler Eshenbaugh as the likely suspect.
Buckeye Police Officer Larry Biffin called the suspect and arranged an interview at a fast-food restaurant in west Phoenix. There, Tyler Eshenbaugh allegedly resisted arrest, then was found to have “a partially smoked fentanyl pill” and drug paraphernalia in his possession.
According to Biffin, the suspect admitted to robbing his great-grandparents, telling police he needed money to pay off a debt.
Maricopa County Superior Court scheduled an arraignment for Tyler Eshenbaugh Thursday, Feb. 20.