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UPDATE: Police identify suspect in squatter assault case

Posted at 3:18 PM, Jul 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-02 00:22:50-04

UPDATE: Police have identified Roberto Escobar Lopez as the suspect involved in an assault which lead to a barricade near Rainbow and Blue Diamond. 

Lopez was arrested on a charge of battery with a deadly weapon Monday. 


LATEST:  A valley woman is speaking out just hours after she says she was attacked by a man with a metal pipe.

"I just wanted to get a picture to help Metro," said Judy Rennie, "... he was going to beat me to death."

According to the victim's family, a vacant home nearby suddenly became occupied.  At least one of the people living inside began harassing neighbors. 

They say the man was ringing doorbells, lingering, and urinating on properties. 

Rennie said she was worried about her family and neighbors. 

The grandmother spotted the man Monday afternoon, and she decided to snap his picture to assist the police investigation. 

That's when she says the man started running towards her.  There was no time to safely get back inside  her car.

"I just turned around so my back would get hit, and not my vitals," she said, " ... he was laughing the whole time."

Eventually, a passerby helped stop the attack. 

Police had been called out to the area twice in the past two days, said Rennie.

"I'm tired of the vagrants, I'm tired of the squatters," she said.

13 Action News will follow up with police to obtain the charges of the suspect.  

UPDATE: Police say the suspect was taken into custody around 4:32 p.m.


A woman was reportedly beaten by a male suspect with what appeared to be a metal pipe around 12:40 p.m. Monday near the intersection of Blue Diamond Road and Rainbow Boulevard.

The victim was treated at the scene but was not taken to the hospital.

Meanwhile, the suspect reportedly ran into a vacant home located on the corner of Inspiration Drive and Blue Diamond Road.

Police are treating this case as a barricade situation.

This story is developing. More information to come.