2006-10-27 / Community

Man Charged In Home-Invasion

By Brian Magoolaghan

A Jamaica, Queens man was arrested October 17 after police linked him to the scene of a violent home-invasion robbery in Far Rockaway, according to court records.

The home-invasion unfolded at about 4 a.m. on September 24, when Jermaine McLean, 29, of Jamaica and a male accomplice started pushing and kicking the door to a home at 415 Beach 63 Street.

A resident of the home, George Sohl, 40, told police he was sleeping on the couch when heard the men trying to force their way through the door. Sohl got up and tried to keep the men out, but they eventually broke though the door and entered the home.

Sohl said McLean had a gun and his accomplice had a knife in his hand.

The men demanded Sohl's wallet, jewelry and keys, and violence erupted when Sohl said he didn't have any money or jewelry, according to court records. The man with the knife stabbed Sohl in the stomach and grabbed his cell phone. The intruders then fled the residence.

Sohl was taken to a local hospital in critical condition and underwent surgery.

NYPD investigators were able to lift a fingerprint from the storm door of the residence, which eventually led them to McLean. It was unclear if McLean named his accomplice, but he told Detective David Kinard of the 100 Precinct, "I didn't know he was going to stab him," according to court records.

The accomplice remained at large at press time.

McLean, of 177-11 106 Road, is charged with attempted murder, first-degree burglary, first-degree armed robbery and another count of first degree robbery, according to a spokesperson for Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown.

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