2006-05-05 / Front Page

Armed Men Invade Couple's Home

By Brian Magoolaghan

Armed Men Invade Couple's Home
By Brian Magoolaghan


        
        
          
        
          They Got the 
            Gun: NYPD Sergeant Carlos Fabara, left, Deputy Inspector Walter 
            Salowski and Police Officer John Florio, holding the recovered .357 
            Magnum. They Got the Gun: NYPD Sergeant Carlos Fabara, left, Deputy Inspector Walter Salowski and Police Officer John Florio, holding the recovered .357 Magnum.A married couple and their baby were the victims of an armed home invasion in Bayswater Wednesday night when two men forced their way into the couple's home, bound them with tape and then robbed them, police said.

The husband and wife were returning home after visiting relatives when the harrowing ordeal began at 10:45 p.m., according to police sources.

Two suspects, described only as black men, forced the family into their home and bound them with duct tape. The brazen thieves - at least one of them armed - ransacked the home. They stole jewelry before they finally took the keys to the couple's Toyota Camry and drove off in it.

The frightened husband and wife called police and provided a description of their car, which was broadcast over police radios. At about 1:15 a.m. Thursday, police officers from the 101 Precinct Anti-Crime Unit spotted the couple's Toyota parked on Falcon Avenue in Bayswater.

Police Officer Matthew Handelsman arrested suspect Alfonso Cole, 22, of 14-80 Beach Channel Drive, who was carrying a .357 Magnum handgun.

Detectives were interviewing Cole at the 101 Precinct stationhouse and the second suspect remained at large as The Wave went to press. A law enforcement source said Cole would likely be charged with criminal possession of a weapon, robbery, burglary, unlawful imprisonment, grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.

"There will be a slew of felony charges," the source said.

Police did not immediately release the names of the victims, who a source said were "still very traumatized."

Police asked anyone with information to call the 101 Precinct Detective Squad at (718) 868-3428.


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