Home Invasion on Long Island NY Leaves 1 Shot 4 Nabbed
by Security Police News
Tuesday, Sep. 20, 2011 at 9:42 PM
September 19th, 2011 - New York : Schools in the Bellmore, Merrick, North Bellmore, North Merrick, Wantagh, Levittown and Bellmore-Merrick Central High School districts were on lockdown while the investigation was underway. Most of those precautions have since been lifted.
Four suspects have been apprehended for an armed home invasion in North Bellmore after one of the alleged assailants was shot during a police chase, six people were hospitalized and about two dozen schools were locked down during the manhunt.
Nassau County police said the suspects, one armed with a handgun and three armed with knives, broke into a house on Bellmore Avenue near the corner of Fowler Street at 9 a.m. Monday and tied up the residents inside. Police are still searching for the weapons involved and investigating whether the home was targeted or chosen randomly.
Officers spotted the getaway car, a white Ford Crown Victoria, on Merrick Road near Babylon Turnpike in Merrick shortly later when the four suspects, who have not been identified, got out of the car and police opened fire, police said.
“That is still under investigation, what initiated that,” said Detective Lt. Kevin Smith, a police spokesman.
One suspect was shot in the leg and drove off with a second suspect while the other two fled the scene on foot, police said. Of the two who fled on foot, the first was caught on Babylon Road and the second was taken into custody on Lindenmere Drive, police said.
The third suspect got out of the getaway car near the corner of Wantagh Avenue and Sunrise Highway. New York State police later apprehended that suspect in a taxi cab on the Southern State Parkway in Roosevelt.
The driver of the getaway car was arrested in front of a car dealership on Sunrise Highway in Wantagh just west of Route 135. There were two bullet holes in the windshield and a third in a back window.
Three victims, two suspects and a police officer were taken to Nassau University Medical Center for treatment of various injuries.
Schools in the Bellmore, Merrick, North Bellmore, North Merrick, Wantagh, Levittown and Bellmore-Merrick Central High School districts were on lockdown while the investigation was underway. Most of those precautions have since been lifted.
Smith said it was too early to tell if the case is linked to another armed home invasion last week in the same town.
“There’s several different crime scenes to contend with, now we’re sorting it all out,” he said.