Nassau County police have arrested three men who they say tried to break through the front door of a home in Elmont early Friday morning as the terrified resident held the door shut.
Two of the men are suspects in another break-in, police said, and one of them is additionally charged with firing at someone with a rifle.
Police said Nazir Babury, 20, of Elmont, Jason Mifsud, 36, of Woodmere, and Dujon Ellis, 22, of Laurelton, Queens, are suspects in the burglary attempt at an occupied home on Kirkman Avenue in Elmont on Friday.
Police said Babury and Mifsud rang the doorbell of the home at 6:16 a.m., awakening a 54-year-old man. When the victim went to the front door, he found the two trying to break into his home, police said.
The victim held the door closed while one of the intruders threatened to use a weapon, police said.
After the victim screamed, police said, Babury and Mifsud left in a silver Honda driven by a third suspect toward Meacham Avenue, police said.
Babury, Mifsud and Ellis were arrested at 12:30 p.m. Saturday and charged with first-degree burglary and first-degree criminal use of a firearm in connection with that crime.
Babury and Mifsud are also suspects in an incident that occurred on Feb. 20, during which police said the two broke into a residence on Anderson Street in Baldwin on Feb. 20 and took a rifle. Two days later, on Feb. 22, Babury was driving in a 2011 Mazda with a 22-year-old man on Woodmere Boulevard South in Woodsburgh when the two began arguing, police said.
Babury took the rifle from the trunk of the car and threatened the man, who ran away, police said. Babury then fired a round at the man, missing him, before getting back into the car and driving away.
Babury and Mifsud face additional charges of second-degree burglary, and Babury was also charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, police said.
The three were scheduled to be arraigned on Sunday at First District Court in Hempstead.