Cops are searching for two criminals who held up a man at gunpoint inside his apartment lobby in Ridgewood, forced their way into his home, stole money and the keys to his car, and drove off in the victim’s car last weekend.
According to police, the two unknown males approached the 38-year-old male victim inside the lobby of his apartment building on Norman Street at 7:20 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13.
Law enforcement sources said the first individual pulled out a black firearm while the second suspect put the victim in a chokehold.
Authorities said the first suspect then went to the man’s second-floor apartment and forced his way inside at gunpoint. There, officers reported, the perpetrator threatened the victim’s 30-year-old wife and their 7-year-old son. He demanded money and car keys, and removed $1,300 in cash, two credit cards, and the keys to the victims’ black 2017 Audi A6.
Both suspects fled the location in the victims’ car, traveling eastbound on Norman Street, cops said.
No injuries were reported to officers of the 104th Precinct who responded to the incident.
The NYPD described the first suspect as a Hispanic male approximately 20 years old, standing 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 140 pounds with a thin build, light complexion, short, curly black hair and a beard. He was last seen wearing a black shirt and blue jeans and was armed with a black handgun.
The second suspect was described as a Hispanic male, approximately 20 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall, 150 pounds, with a light complexion and short, straight, brown hair. He was last seen wearing a black shirt and blue jeans.
Police have released surveillance photos and video obtained from inside the Norman Street apartment of the first suspect.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.