6 People Hospitalized, 4 Arrested Following Bellmore Home Invasion

BELLMORE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Nearly two dozen schools on Long Island were locked down Monday following a home invasion, police chase and shootout in Bellmore.

The nightmare began shortly after 9 a.m. when four men, armed with guns and knives, broke into a home on Bellmore Avenue and made off with proceeds, police said.

1010 WINS’ Al Jones reports: Apparent Home Invasion Prompts Police Chase

Four bullet holes riddled a car with Pennsylvania plates following a police shootout not far from a Merrick elementary school. Distraught parents soon learned of dramatic school lockdowns in Merrick, Bellmore, Baldwin, Wantagh, Seaford and Levittown as police closed in on armed suspects.

“They told us not to worry, that we were going to be safe,” one student told CBS 2’s Jennifer McLogan.

“They didn’t tell the children what was going on. They just locked it down which was very appropriate,” a parent added.

Following a 911 call from a frantic neighbor, cops chased the perps across the Babylon Turnpike and onto Sunrise Highway, following the daring home invasion. Victim Ghulam Sumra said he thought he was going to die.

“He put a knife on my neck … said, ‘Where’s the money? Going to kill you.’ He tied me up with my phone with cell phone charger,” Sumra said.

Sumra’s brother and sister-in-law, who own a hair salon, were also tied to a bedpost and struck about the head with a weapon, police said. The home was ransacked, with $7,000 in cash reported stolen.

As the suspects sped away, CBS 2’s McLogan reports a neighbor gave chase before Nassau County police picked up the pursuit.

Two of the suspects tried to flee on foot when they drove over to Merrick but were apprehended after a shootout with police, 1010 WINS’ Al Jones reports. A third suspect was picked up in front a car dealership on Sunrise Highway. A fourth suspect was collared in cab on the Southern State Parkway and is also in custody.

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“When I was driving down Sunrise Highway there was just a lot of traffic and I just saw cop cars coming out of everywhere — every single direction — and I just didn’t know what was going on,” witness Alan Vukelic told McLogan. “I find out there was a home invasion and shots fired.”

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“We heard sirens all over the place, we ran outside, there had to be at least 20 cars — marked, unmarked — all kinds of things,” witness Joe Settineri said.

At least six people were hospitalized — including two of the victims from the Bellmore Avenue home, a police officer who suffered a minor leg injury responding to the home and one of the suspects who suffered a gunshot wound to the leg.

Police credited neighbors and friends of the home invasion victims for their emergency calls to police with specific information on the getaway car, including the license plate number.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

  • NCPD will make an example of you!!

    The last time these four mutts were at the home is when they were still hired by a local landscaping company to cut area residents laws. I wonder if any or all are illegally in this country. Please stay in Brooklyn where you belong.

  • josh sucks

    The four “alleged” SUSPECTS are all from Brooklyn. Notice to all low lives from Brooklyn and other points of the compass – if you come to Nassau County, our police will get you!

    Stay in Brooklyn and rob where you live! The NYPD is waiting to shoot you down like the dogs that you are.

  • salman zafar

    I live next door from where the robbery happened. Great job by the nassau county police, they are our hero and we should be proud of them. Very proud to live in this county. These officers put their lives in danger,
    we love you guys. Keep up the good work.

  • Ken

    I was there this morning stopped at a light on Sunrise Hwy. in Merrick. Within 30-45 seconds 15 police cars came from 3 directions to join the chase. Never saw anything like it. I actually found myself counting them. 2 helicopters also up immediately. Great job by the police.

    • NCPD Rocks!

      Thera are a number of Volunteer Fire Houses in that area and each one normally has two or three police cars parked at them. This made for the quick response. good job by the Nassau County Police, they got all the rabble locked up and even took the time to shoot one of them.

  • Rev. Charles L. Nowell, Sr.

    That’s real police protect and serve movement and I wish NYC police would stop being so corrupt and follow Nassau policeman, God be you servant of the people. Keep up the good work.

    • Snake in wollves clothes.

      Reverand, please be a good citizen and stop hiding behind your false Reverand Title. You are only a Reverand like so many others Reverands for the IRS and nothing else.If you are a Reverand at all. Now go back into your mommy’s basement and stop pleasuring yourself. You will go blind.

  • Ray

    Suspects don’t have shootouts with police. Criminals do!!

  • josh sucks

    Can’t wait to see the “suspects”, oops, sorry – I meant apparent suspects’ names and where they are from.

  • Mike O

    i’M TIRED OF THE NEWS ALWAYS USING WORDS LIKE “APPARENT” or “SUSPECTS”……….are they still suspects when caught red handed?

    • Mindy

      Not familiar with American jurisprudence, eh?

      Perhaps a nice on-line constitution understanding course is in order?

      • DCLaw-1

        Mindy, you do realize that “innocent until proven guilty” is a quasi-Constitutional notion that applies only to the Courts and lawyers. The police, the press, and individuals are not beholden to “innocent until proven guilty” and are free to make, and express assumptions of guilt before a Court renders a guilty verdict. WINS can call the perpetrators criminals. Further, if “innocent until proven guilty” were to be a controlling factor in police work, there would never be an arrest, and police work would be a lot more dangerous.

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