Home invasion suspects lock mother and 3-year-old son in bathroom, ransack Queens home – CBS New York


NEW YORK (CBS New York) – Police are looking for two suspects after a Queens woman was attacked in her bed while she and her young son were asleep.

CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge spoke to the victim, who is still recovering.

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” It was worse. He hit me. My whole face was blue and black,” the woman said.

The 41-year-old was too afraid to share her identity in case burglars tried to break into her Ozone Park home.

She said her husband was at work on February 7, as she and her 3-year-old son were sleeping when suddenly she was punched in the face by a stranger.

“He said, ‘Give me the money, the jewelry, or I’ll kill you,'” the woman said, adding, “‘The Indians have a lot of gold and silver,’ that’s what ‘he said. The baby screamed and he said, ‘If you don’t shut the baby’s mouth, I’m going to kill him. I’m going to wring his neck.'”

Police released surveillance video of the two suspects dressed in black walking nearby on Liberty Avenue and 104th Street. The woman said one of the men searched downstairs for valuables, while the other forced her and her son into the bathroom.

“He says, ‘Get on your knees and bend your neck over the tub and don’t scream or I’ll kill you,'” the woman said.

She said she was shaking and not thinking clearly, but her 3-year-old brought her to her senses.

“The baby said to me, ‘Mom, open the window’ and I called my friend next door and my landlord was in his garage and he heard me. He saw me in the blood and immediately called the police,” the woman said.

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She said the front door was unlocked, but the suspects walked through a middle door to gain access.

Police believe the incident was random, adding there is no evidence the suspects followed her home.

“I’m not hurting anyone. I don’t know who would want to hurt me like that,” she said.

She said the little boy had been having nightmares since the incident.

“In his sleep, he cries, ‘Mum! Mum! Don’t beat my mum! She’s had a boo. She’s bleeding!'” the woman said.

Now, while her husband is at work, the woman said she and her son are staying with their family because they don’t want to be home alone until the suspects are arrested.

Police said they fled with around $500, jewelry and a cellphone.

The woman was treated at a hospital for cuts and bruises to her face and chest. Her son was not physically injured.

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Anyone with information on the suspects is asked to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477)or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip through their website or via DM on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are kept confidential.




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