Cops: Robber poses as delivery man, uses stun gun on victim
A robber posing as a flower delivery man used a stun gun to incapacitate a Great Neck Plaza apartment resident Tuesday afternoon, then struck him in the head with a glass vase, bound his hands and feet, and broke into a locked closet safe, stealing its contents, police said.
The robbery took place at an apartment on Clent Road at 1:52 p.m., Nassau County police said Wednesday.
The victim, only identified by police as a 34-year-old male, was transported to a hospital by Nassau police ambulance. He was treated for facial fractures and head trauma, police said.
Police would not say whether the victim and the assailant knew each other, saying Wednesday only that the investigation is active.
No sooner had the victim answered the door then the assailant "Tasered him with a stun gun" and then "struck him in the head using a glass vase causing him to fall to the ground," police said in a news release.
A struggle ensued, police said, and the assailant showed a black handgun. The assailant then bound the victim's hands and feet, demanded money, located a safe in a hall closet and stole diamond jewelry, cash, a passport and paperwork, police said.
The suspect fled on foot, police said. The assailant is believed to be about 5 feet, 9 inches tall and in his 20s or early 30s.
Police are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 800-244-TIPS. All calls will remain confidential.