Several suspects remain at large after New York police say the crew attacked a 64-year-old man entering a Bronx apartment and tied him up with duct tape and a 60-year-old woman inside before fleeing with a safe. and other stolen items, according to reports.
The robbery took place around 5:45 p.m. on April 14 at an apartment building near Valentine Avenue and East Burnside Avenue in the Fordham neighborhood of the Bronx, New York Police Department (NYPD) Crime Stoppers reported. mentioned in a tweet.
￼Wanted￼for a robbery in the Valentine Avenue and East Burnside Avenue area #fordham #Bronx 04/14/22 at 5:45 p.m. Reward up to $3,500 Have you seen them? Do you know who they are? Call 1-800-577-TIPS or DM us! Calls are CONFIDENTIAL! #YourCityYourCall pic.twitter.com/iyFw1Ax56Y
— NYPD Crime Stoppers (@NYPDTips) April 19, 2022
Crime Stoppers released surveillance video of the start of the incident, which appears to show a suspect in a construction vest watching the man work to open the door to the apartment. Video shows that once the door was opened, the suspect in the construction vest leapt up, hitting the victim with what police said was a metal bar, the New York Post reported. Another suspect rushes down the stairs and enters the apartment before a third individual rushes down the hall and also enters the unit, footage appears to show.
The crew taped and zip-tied the man and a 60-year-old woman entering the apartment, WNBC noted. “The suspects stole a safe, cash, purse and backpack from the apartment while displaying firearms, authorities say,” WPIX reported. At one point, a suspect cracked the 64-year-old man with a gun, according to the To post. EMS transported the man, who suffered lacerations and bruises to his head and face, to St. Barnabas Hospital for treatment, according to WNBC.
Police said several of the suspects left the scene in a red Dodge, while one individual took off on foot toward East 180th Street and Valentine Avenue, WPIX reported.
Neighbors said the group posed as construction workers and it looked like they were waiting outside the unit for someone to come home, according to WNBC.
Police don’t know if the victims knew the attackers, and authorities “were investigating whether the group might be part of a larger network, police said, and they don’t know if they knew the victims.” said the media.