Cops: Bay Shore man posed as flower deliveryman in robbery

Daniel Ratliff, 36, of Bay Shore, was arrested Daniel Ratliff, 36, of Bay Shore, was arrested Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, and charged with robbery, burglary, grand larceny and criminal possession of a weapon in connection with a Great Neck Plaza home invasion on June 10, 2014, Nassau County police said. Photo Credit: NCPD

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Police said they have arrested a robber who, posing as a flower deliveryman, used a stun gun to incapacitate a Great Neck Plaza apartment resident, then struck him in the head with a glass vase, bound his hands and feet -- and burglarized his closet safe earlier this year.

Daniel Ratliff, 36, of 83 Farrington Ave., Bay Shore, was arrested Thursday and charged with three counts of first-degree robbery, two counts of first-degree burglary, second-degree grand larceny and three counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, Nassau County police said.

Police would not say what evidence might have led to the arrest or whether Ratliff knew the victim, who has been identified only as a 34-year-old man.

The robbery occurred at an apartment on Clent Road just before 2 p.m. June 10.

Police said Ratliff, posing as a flower deliveryman, rang the doorbell and that when the victim answered, Ratliff incapacitated him with a stun gun, then hit him in the head with the vase. A struggle ensued, police said, but the assailant displayed a black handgun.

The victim was then tied up, police said, before the assailant broke into the closet safe and stole cash, diamond jewelry, a passport and paperwork.

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The victim later was taken to a hospital by Nassau police ambulance and was treated for facial fractures and head trauma, police said.

Ratliff is scheduled for arraignment Friday in First District Court in Hempstead.

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