Two Brooklyn men remain locked up on high bail after allegedly invading a Ridgewood man’s apartment and pistol-whipping him last week.
Law enforcement sources said Mahmoud Khalil, 21, and Zinious Gill, 20, paid an unwelcome visit to the man’s home on Fairview Avenue near Harman Street at about 11:46 p.m. on Oct. 2.
According to a criminal complaint that the Queens District Attorney’s office provided, Khalil and Gill allegedly banged on the rear window of the first-floor apartment, then came around to the front door and started kicking it. The victim relented and opened the door; Khalil and Gill then pushed their way inside.
Police said that Khalil allegedly pointed a black pistol at the victim’s face, then struck him with the gun, causing a laceration across the cheek. Gill allegedly held the victim at bay while Khalil went through the apartment looking for property.
Officers from the 104th Precinct responded to a call at the location; upon seeing the officers arriving outside, authorities said, the victim ran to the front door and opened it for the officers.
Seconds later, the complaint noted, the officers observed and apprehended Khalil and Gill inside of the victim’s apartment. They recovered from inside a closet a black 9mm pistol that Khalil allegedly used to assault the victim.
Also found in Khalil’s possession, prosecutors said, were two debit cards in the victim’s name, $173 in cash and several plastic bags containing quantities of marijuana and alprazolam (Xanax) tablets.
Khalil and Gill were charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, first-degree armed robbery, criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of stolen property.
Following their arraignments in Queens Criminal Court on Oct. 3, according to court records, Khalil was ordered held on $10,000 bail, while Gill — who has a prior record — remains in custody on $50,000 bail or $25,000 bond. Both are scheduled to return to court on Oct. 19.