Victims describe crazy attack involving zip ties, bats and swords

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on July 22, 2011 at 5:43 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 22 at 6:21 PM

MEAD, Wash. -- The two suspects wanted in connection to a home invasion, burglary, assault and attempted murder in Mead are now in custody.

According to authorities, Gary L. Houchins, 29, and Cecelia L. Rocha, 19, negotiated to rent a room from a Mead resident on July 11.

Later that night, the couple returned to the home armed with baseball bats and a pistol.  They used zip ties and duct tape to restrain the homeowner's 13-year-old son Kayleb.  The boy says the suspects took him around his house looking for valuables, then carried him to the basement, tied him to an exposed wall stud and placed something over his head.

The boy's father, Jeremy Clark, says that when he returned home, the suspects immediately attacked him with the baseball bats.  He says he has eight head wounds, broken ribs and an injured knee.

Downstairs, Kayleb managed to break free.  He says he crawled through his basement window and ran to his neighbor's home.  That's when Dean Powell says he grabbed two decorative swords and ran over to help.  But he says he was immediately struck in the head with a bat when he entered the home.

Both suspects ended up fleeing into the woods.

They turned themselves into authorities on Friday after Crime Stoppers offered a reward leading to their arrests.

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