L.I. Home Invasions: Cops Searching For ‘Thrill-Seeker’

Man Doesn't Seem To Want To Steal, Just Satisfy Some Sick Urge

KINGS POINT, N.Y. (CBS 2/1010 WINS) — Disturbing new details about a string of home invasions in Nassau County surfaced on Thursday.

Police said the suspect held his hand over the mouth of a 5-year-old, trying to keep her from screaming, CBS 2’s Tony Aiello reports.

It’s happening in Great Neck, where police have stepped up patrols, and in the neighboring village of Kings Point. A man has been breaking into occupied homes. He’s not stolen anything so far — except residents’ sense of security.

“I’m petrified, terrified. I had both my kids in the room with my husband last night, chair against the door. I know it sounds a little neurotic, but I mean what can you do?” Great Neck resident Ruth Goldstein told Aiello.

Police said they understand the fear — with a strange man breaking into homes in the dead of night.

“He appears to be some kind of a thrill-seeker. He makes his way into the house, he stands, he looms over people,” Nassau County Police Detective Lt. Kevin Smith said.

1010 WINS Reporter Carol D’Auria says extra patrols are set up for town struck by home invader

That’s what happened early Wednesday at one home, where a 5-year-old girl woke up to find the man standing over her bed. Her mom spoke to CBS 2’s Jay Dow.

“We’re doing okay, still getting over it. I wasn’t able to sleep well last night. Obviously, still scared,” the mother said.

The suspect ran when the child screamed, but not before touching her.

“He actually placed his hand on her face and began to pinch her lips shut so she wouldn’t scream,” Detective Lt. Smith said.

Police said he struck twice more that night, trying to enter the home of one older woman, and brandishing a knife at another woman after climbing through a window. She bravely grabbed it and chased him away.

“She’s been here herself a long time. She handles everything on her own. She’s a strong woman,” neighbor David Makhani said.

Cops want to know if it’s the same guy who ran from another house Sunday night after entering the bedroom of a teenage girl.

He left a clue behind — a distinctive baseball cap with the great seal of the United States on it.

Police describe the suspect as a Hispanic male, 25 to 30, 5-foot-10, 200 pounds, with black hair, dark complexion and some facial hair, wearing a wool cap, black jacket, blue jeans and black shoes with silver buckles.

  • sk

    Not only did he break in to the house, he put his hand on a five year old girl. Thta is so traumatizing for this girl and her parents. I hope they can get past this fear. Also, the houses and streets should be well lit at night. In the sububs it is often creepy and dark. You can’t even see anything at night.

  • Bruce goldensteinberg

    Not surprised it’s an Hispanic male. If Obama and friends get their way, these roaches will spread across this country and into the bedrooms of our wives and daughters.

  • J

    I know Kings Point has their own police department. It’s a country club out there. Residents pay high taxes 4 WHAT?

  • Bear

    These victims should exercise the ancient right of self defense which includes the use of force likely to cause death or great bodily harm.

  • phunter

    WHAT A CREEP..i hope those over paid Nassau cops catch him!.

    • Spanky

      Boo Hoo, what did you get a ticket for speeding because you were late for a jobless seminar?


  • Joe

    Its just a matter of time before he “graduates” to more serious crimes.

  • a

    Another reason to utilize the 2nd Amendment

    • Johnny

      You have no 2nd amendment rights in NY.

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