NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police have made an arrest in connection with a brutal home invasion and robbery that took place in the Bay Terrace section of Queens.

Christopher Ramirez, 24, has been charged with robbery, burglary, and assault.

Ramirez and another man allegedly posed as maintenance workers and forced their way into the home of an elderly couple on 15th Avenue in Queens.

An 85-year-old woman was struck in the face, and an 86-year-old man was hit in the head during the ordeal, 1010 WINS’ Roger Stern reported.

Shortly after the burglary, witnesses told CBS 2’s Tracee Carrasco the elderly woman ran from the home with her hands tied, screaming for help.

“There was the poor woman just lying down, face bloodied and her face was totally swollen and bloody, and the poor thing was yelling ‘help me, help me, my husband, my husband,'” one man said. “So not knowing what had happened, we helped her the best I could, but she was savagely beaten, and it was just an awful scene.”

Neighbors told Stern anyone could have been fooled by the suspects.

“You get new people working in the maintenance crew,” one woman said. “We don’t recognize all of them. What if somebody new comes? You going to assume that they’re new on the job and let them in.”

Others said they always felt the area was safe, but now they may have to be more careful.

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