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New details on domestic violence situation during Surprise standoff

PHOENIX (AZFamille) — Arizona’s family learns more about the victims of Surprise’s hostage situation, shooting, officer-involved shooting, standoff and fire from Arizona’s best friend mother.

Linda Ogle says her friend Allie was doing everything she could to get out of a domestic violence situation, and no one expected it to escalate to this extreme.

In one day, Allie lost her home and all of her belongings, and she almost lost her 6-month-old baby, Jaxson.

“Bad. I have no other explanation than that he is evil,” Ogle said.

Ogle calls it a scene from a horror movie. Allie and Jaxson experience an unimaginable nightmare after police say 51-year-old Todd Marchetti caused a series of tragic events.

“There is a lot of fear. She was really afraid of him,” Ogle said.

Marchetti is Jaxson’s father and Allie’s boyfriend of a year and a half. Detectives say Marchetti broke into a home in Surprise around 3 a.m. Friday and took Allie and Jaxson hostage.

Allie and her toddler son face an unimaginable nightmare after police say a 51-year-old...
Allie and her baby are living an unimaginable nightmare after police say 51-year-old Todd Marchetti caused a series of tragic events.(Courtesy of Allie, Surprise Police Department, Arizona Family)

Ogle says Allie recently moved there with her parents to try to escape Marchetti’s abuse, but he was stalking her.

“He used an ax to get through one of the windows,” Ogle said. “He brought duct tape, rope, different shapes of pliers and a few different butcher knives.”

The plan was to torture Allie for days while her parents were away for the weekend, according to Ogle, and in doing so, Marchetti shot the family dog. She says they all went to the vet, but Allie couldn’t escape.

Ogle says Allie convinced him to let her talk to a construction worker after they returned to ask for help fixing the window he broke. That team called 911, and then police said Marchetti shot his son.

“She saved both of their lives and I told her that many times. She said “Oh, well I should have taken Jaxson out of the house with me” and I said if you had picked up that baby and tried to walk out of that door with him he would have opened fire on both of you and neither of you would be here right now,” Ogle said.

Ogle says it’s a miracle Jaxson is alive. She says he’s had two surgeries so far and doctors expect him to be OK.

“He heard Allie’s voice yesterday and opened his eyes. He wiggles his toes. He grabs my finger,” Ogle said. She has been with them in the hospital since this happened.

Police said that after Jaxson was rescued by tactical teams and taken to the hospital, Marchetti refused to come out and there was a standoff for hours.

Then a fire broke out and destroyed the house. Ogle says Allie’s childhood home also burned down. “He wanted to make her relive her trauma and that’s exactly what he did,” she said.

On Saturday, investigators said they found Marchetti’s remains in the rubble. They believe he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

“There’s a big part of her that wishes she had the family she wanted to have,” Ogle said.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help them rebuild their lives and recover during this time. If you would like to donate, click/tap here.

There are resources available for survivors of domestic violence. For more information, click/tap here.

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