CHANDLER, AZ (KPHO/KTVK) – A man is accused of robbing a Chandler homeowner who hired him to put up Christmas lights.
Officers responded to a home near Warner and Dobson roads on Dec. 5 after a neighbor heard a commotion and called police.
Officers detained both men until they could determine what had occurred.
According to the police report, the homeowner hired Jose Tavison-Ruiz after seeing him and other day laborers at Baseline Road and Priest Drive.
The victim told police that when they got inside his home, Tavison-Ruiz pointed a black pistol at him and threatened to shoot him.
Tavison-Ruiz, 42, reportedly made the victim lie on the floor and then took his money, cellphone and car keys, according to the police report.
During a search of the home, officers found what appeared to be a black pistol inside a plastic bin containing Christmas decorations. Police said the pistol turned out to be an airsoft gun, but the victim thought it was a real gun and was in fear for his life.
Tavison-Ruiz is facing charges of armed robbery, aggravated assault and kidnapping.