Reporting Dave Carlin
MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBS 2) – Six suspects accused of storming a house by presenting flowers to the homeowner then drawing guns are expected to face a judge on Sunday morning for arraignment.
Police said one of the men rang the doorbell and gave a woman some flowers. Then using a gun, the men pushed their way through and terrorized and robbed the family in Woodbury, Long Island, CBS 2’s Derricke Dennis reports.
“He give me the bouquet, the flowers and took the gun out from the bag and put it on my head,” said the woman, who did not want to give her name.
Meanwhile, upstairs a woman hiding in the bathroom called police.
“I heard distant voices and I thought this isn’t normal and the firs thing I thought: call the cops,” she told CBS 2’s Dave Carlin.
Nassau County Police Det. Lt. Kevin Smith credited the woman’s quick thinking in their swift ability to capture the suspects.
“She’s on the line with our operators. We immediately dispatch the police officers to that scene. In two minutes, the officers arrived at the scene,” Smith told 1010 WINS’ Terry Sheridan.
Immediately after the first man, the others stormed the house. Two of them had guns and one had a taster, police said.
The men tied up a 61-year-old woman, held up her 67-year-old husband, his male home health aide and two other women, police said.
The woman upstairs who had called the police still had not been found. Eventually as the suspects searched the house, they kicked in the bathroom door.
“He got me in the bathroom and searched me and said ‘Do you have a phone on you? Do you have a phone on you?’ and I said “No, no, no,’” the woman said.
But she did have a phone, and within minutes Nassau County Police had the house surrounded. The suspects took off out the back door and into a wooded area, but they didn’t get far.
Police arrested all six of them with the help of search dogs and helicopters. Each suspect has New York City addresses and all face charges of robbery, burglary, conspiracy and criminal use of a firearm.
“For this 18-year-old girl to have the presence of mind to lock herself in the bathroom and dial 911 immediately and leave the line open,” Smith said.
No one in the house was injured and police recovered all of the stolen property from the suspects’ getaway vehicles.