Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 13 January 2012 00:00
Nassau County Police is investigating a robbery that occurred in Hempstead on Sunday, Jan. 8 at approximately 11 p.m. According to Lt. Raymond Cote, three men invaded a home, rummaging for drugs, money and sexually assaulted a woman.
Police said the incident occurred when a 22-year-old male was visiting his 47-year-old mother at the Grove Street home when a knock was at the door. Three masked men, one with a gun and two with knives forced themselves into the house.
According to police, the men sprinted to the second floor and immediately forced the mother and another 44-year-old female to the ground. Cote revealed that the investigation led police to believe the assailants were looking for a man who spent time in the residence recently as well as money and drugs.
Directly after the break-in, a 49-year-old woman stopped at the house and was confronted by one of the subjects. She was brought in and ordered to lie on the floor while the 22-year-old male was detained in the lower portion of the house.
The subjects tore through the apartment searching after tying up the occupants of the home, police said. One woman suffered a seizure and was left unbound, police said.
Cote said the subjects took a small amount of cash and cell phones from the victims after failing to “find what they were looking for.” Furthermore, he would not say whether there were any drugs in the home. Cote said the home was “not a location under active investigation,” for drug activity.
Cote confirmed that after the three men did not find drugs, they decided to “take it out on the 44-year-old woman.” He would not state if police located the person the subjects were looking for.
“The woman was forced into a bathroom where it’s alleged that she was sexually assaulted by two of the men simultaneously,” Cote stated. “It’s a significant assault.”
The mother managed to undo her binds and escape out of a second floor window when one of the men went downstairs to check on the victims downstairs, police said. Cote said she didn’t want to go downstairs in fear of being caught.
“She injured herself in the fall to the ground,” he stated. “She was able to make it to her neighbor’s house.”
Cote concluded that when the unknown subjects realized one of the women was missing, they fled the house and entered a black four-door sedan and sped westbound on Grove Street. All three female victims, two from the second floor and one from the first floor, were transported to a local area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
Police described the gun-toting subject as a 6’3” black male, weighing approximately 250 pounds. The second subject was described as a 5’11” black male at 170 pounds with the third subject at 5’10” and 170 pounds.
The investigation is ongoing with the Special Victims Squad and Third Squad. Cote said police are in the process of looking for surveillance videos from neighboring homes and businesses, as well as forensic evidence.
Detectives request anyone with information regarding this crime to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.