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Man injured in home invasion on Northeast Side

A 20-year-old man suffered a head injury when his home was invaded on the Northeast Side early Monday morning, authorities said.

At 5:29 a.m., Pima County sheriff's deputies responded to a reported home invasion in the 9200 block of East Indio Place, near Catalina Highway and  Bear Canyon Road.

On the way, one deputy noticed an SUV matching the description of the suspect vehicle and began a pursuit, a PCSD spokesman said.

At  5:36 a.m. the deputy lost sight of the suspect vehicle when his patrol car got a flat tire near the Tucson Country Club golf course, Deputy Tom Peine said. He reported that the car was headed for the Rillito River.

About 10 minutes later, deputies on foot near the river located the abandoned SUV in the wash, Peine said. Inside it they found weapons and body armor, he said.

At the site of the home invasion, deputies spoke to the victim. One of three armed men who entered the home struck him with a weapon causing a "minor head injury," said Peine. The intruders asked for narcotics, but there were none in the home and there is no history of drug trafficking at that address, he said.

The suspects are described as three Hispanic men, wearing black clothing and bandannas covering their faces. Two of the men are described as medium build and one as heavy set. One suspect was wearing body armor and all three were armed, Peine said.

Detectives with the Sheriff's Robbery/Assault Unit are continuing the investigation. Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to call 88-CRIME or 911, Peine said.

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Deputies located the abandoned suspect vehicle in the Rillito Wash.