2011-04-15 / Top Stories

Inept Ocean Village Armed Burglars Busted By Cops

By Nicholas Briano

The Ocean Village complex seen from the air courtesy of Google Maps. The Ocean Village complex seen from the air courtesy of Google Maps. A trio of clumsy Ocean Village burglars were arrested by police last week when they left a bloody trail straight to their apartment just two floors below the site of a brutal armed burglary they had just committed that sent two victims to the hospital, according to police.

At approximately 1:00 a.m. on Saturday April 2, an unidentified female resident of Ocean Village was sitting with three men in her 14th floor apartment. A knock was heard at the front door when the woman claims a tall heavy-set man pushed his way into the apartment, wearing a ski mask and carrying what she believed was a firearm.

The heavy-set male identified by police as Lamont Smith, 23, of Ocean Village, was joined in the burglary by Jahmar Jenkins, 22, also of Ocean Village and Ottis Moore, 23 of Far Rockaway. The men, all armed with guns, began to scream at the victims, “Empty your pockets! Get on the couch!”

Smith allegedly stood by the door in the ski mask while Moore and Jenkins dragged two of the victims, the woman and one of the male victims, into the apartment bedroom. Jenkins then held them up at gunpoint in the bedroom screaming, “Where’s the stuff!” But not before the couple was battered in the face with his firearm causing them to bleed profusely.

Jenkins then went through their personal belongings and stole jewelry and a money order among other items. The group also stole $500 in cash from the top of the refrigerator. The other two men being held in the living room while the couple was in the bedroom, were also robbed of the money in their pockets.

An Ocean Village security guard responded to the apartment when he heard the commotion and Smith allegedly opened the door, pointed the gun at the guard and said, “I’m gonna shoot you,” before slamming the door shut. The men fled the scene shortly thereafter but left behind an incriminating trail of blood. Police followed the trail of blood that began at the victim’s apartment door, into the stairwell and eventually to one of the suspect’s apartments on the 12th floor.

The burglars also dropped several jewelry boxes between the 12 and 13th floor which also aided police to the apartment. The blood trail eventually ended in front of an apartment where police also found the suspects’ bloody sneakers outside the door. Upon searching the apartment police found the victim’s jewelry and the loaded firearms authorities believed to have been used in the attack.

The three suspects were all charged with four counts each of first degree burglary, second degree robbery and criminal possession of a weapon. The female and male victims beaten in the bedroom were treated for deep cuts and lacerations to their faces.

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