NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police say they are looking for two men dressed as construction workers who tried to break into a home in Queens.

Surveillance video shows the first suspect, dressed in construction gear with a mask covering his face, as he goes up to the door of the home on 189th Street between 42nd Avenue and Station Road shortly back on April 19.

Jiwon Son was in her downstairs apartment where she lives with her family and was napping with one of her children, so she didn’t answer the door.

“I heard knocking on the door and he rang the bell several times,” she said in an exclusive interview with CBS2’s Janelle Burrell.

That’s when police said he makes his way to the side and then the back of the home where he’s joined by a second man. Then perched on top of an awning, police said he tries to break into a second floor window.

When he realizes that he won’t be able to get past the metal window bars, he leaves. But police said they then went to the first floor to Son’s apartment, breaking a window.

“I heard a crashing sound,” Son said. “They broke the window and the glass shattered.”

The 34-year-old was stunned and looked to see the cause of the commotion.

“I woke up and tried to open the curtain and they ran away,” she said.

The two ran off towards 42nd Avenue, where they fled the scene in a gray Nissan Quest minivan. No property was stolen. Son and her child were left shaken, but not hurt.

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Surveillance images of two suspected wanted for an attempted burglary in Queens on April 19, 2018 (credit: NYPD)


“Very quiet neighborhood, you know,” neighbor Jim Kitsos said. “I live here almost 25 years. I never heard such a thing before.”

Son says now she never leaves home without watching her back.

“Every time I open the door, even now — yea I look around,” she said.

Police are now trying to identify the two men seen in the surveillance video. Investigators say they were wearing reflective jackets, one green and one orange, boots, masks and hard hats.

Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782), visit or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.