He was asleep when the doorbell rang, police said.
It was 6:16 a.m. Friday and, the next thing he knew, Nassau County police said, two men, armed with a rifle, were trying to break into his home on Kirkman Avenue in Elmont.
Police said the resident, identified as a 54-year-old man, "held the door shut" until the two would-be assailants fled in a silver Honda. That vehicle was driven by a third man, police said.
One of the assailants threatened to use the weapon during the attempted break-in, police said.
No one was injured.
No other details were immediately available.
Police are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 800-244-TIPS. All calls will remain confidential.