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Police foil murder-suicide plot; suspect found with gas can, machete

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MESA, Ariz. -

A Mesa man is in custody for allegedly planning a copycat domestic violence incident that targeted his wife and 3-year-old daughter.

Mesa police say 34-year-old Carlos Hillan is being held on suspicion of two counts of attempted first-degree murder, attempted arson and burglary.

Police say Hillan allegedly was plotting a similar situation to what happened Tuesday in northeast Phoenix. In that case, a man killed his wife and their teenage daughter, then set fire to his spouse's body in the backyard before fatally shooting himself.

Police say Hillan's roommate called them about the plot.

"He was you know, kissing his child and saying goodbye to the point where the co-worker, the friend, thought it was creepy to say the least," said Det. Steve Berry.

Authorities say Hillan was arrested at his estranged wife's house as he awaited her arrival home from work Wednesday.

Hillan allegedly had jumped the back wall of his wife's house with a gasoline can and lighter.  Detectives say they also found a machete, rope and zip ties in his car.

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