Detectives need the public’s help in finding two armed men responsible for a violent home invasion in Richmond Hill last week.
Law enforcement sources said the caper took place at about 2:10 p.m. on Jan. 16 in the area of Myrtle and Hillside Avenues.
According to police, a 32-year-old woman was heading out of her residence when the two unidentified male suspects approached her. One of the crooks displayed a firearm and forced her back inside the home, where they also confronted a 34-year-old victim.
Authorities said the home invaders tied up both victims; in the process, one of the suspects pistol-whipped the 32-year-old woman in the head, causing a bruise. After restraining the victims, police noted, the bandits searched the residence, stole $500 in cash and then fled the scene on foot in an unknown direction.
Officers from the 102nd Precinct responded to the scene. EMS units also responded to the home, but the injured woman refused medical attention.
On Jan. 19, the NYPD released video footage of the two perpetrators. Cops described one of the suspects as a black man in his 20s or 30s, standing 6 feet, 4 inches tall and weighing 260 pounds. He was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, a dark jacket and blue pants.
His partner is described as a Hispanic male in his 20s or 30s, standing 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds, who was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, a dark jacket and gray pants.
Anyone with information regarding the suspects’ whereabouts can call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (for Spanish, dial 888-57-PISTA), visit the Crime Stoppers website, send a direct message on Twitter to @NYPDTips or a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.