Man accused of beating, robbing 74-year-old woman

PHOENIX (KSAZ) - Police have arrested a man who they say severely beat a 74-year-old woman as she woke up in her own bed.

According to Sgt. Tommy Thompson with the Phoenix Police Department, the woman woke up as she was being severely beaten in her bed at her home near 31st Avenue and Northern just after 4 a.m. on September 4.

Police say the suspect, identified as 20-year-old John Eaves, also bound and robbed the woman, and stole her vehicle.

The elderly woman was able to free herself and call for help and has been hospitalized with severe injuries.

Police say on September 6, officers located Eaves driving the woman's vehicle. He spotted police and sped away from them but crashed into a parked car near 51st Avenue and Northern.

Eaves ran away from the stolen vehicle but was taken into custody with the help of a police K-9.

Eaves was booked into jail on charges of aggravated robbery, aggravated assault, vulnerable adult abuse and other felony charges.

Police are still looking into whether Eaves is responsible for other crimes.

Anyone with information is asked to call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.