Rohan Kahn ordered held without bail in attempted murder of landlord
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A tenant accused of shooting at his landlord in Levittown was ordered held without bail Wednesday, according to online court records.
Rohan J. Kahn, 58, assaulted, chased and shot at his landlord, who was trying to collect rent Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. Kahn then barricaded himself in his home before surrendering after a two-hour standoff with police, police said.
Kahn was charged with second-degree attempted murder, first-degree criminal use of a firearm and two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment after his arrest outside the house on Carter Lane at 4:35 p.m.
At Kahn's arraignment Wednesday in First District Court in Hempstead, Judge Colin O'Donnell remanded Kahn and issued a temporary order of protection, records show. Kahn is due back in court Friday.
Nassau County police said Kahn, an upstairs renter, attacked his 51-year-old landlord at 2:15 p.m., pulling him into his apartment, punching him in the face -- and kicking him.
When the landlord ran from the apartment, police said Kahn chased him, firing "at least five rounds" from a rifle -- those shots striking two cars near the corner of Carter Lane and Bloomingdale Road. Police said flying glass from the cars caused minor facial injuries to the landlord and to a 54-year-old woman, who was driving on Bloomingdale Road.
Kahn then barricaded himself inside the house, Nassau police Insp. Kenneth Lack said, leading to a two-hour standoff with police, as Nassau County Emergency Service Unit, Bureau of Special Operations, K-9, aviation and hostage negotiation officers swarmed the scene.
Schools in the Island Trees School District were placed on lockdown, police said.
"The tenant began to assault the landlord," Lack said. "The landlord attempted to leave the house and . . . [was] being chased by the tenant, who armed himself with a rifle. He fired several shots at the landlord as he was chasing him."
No one was hit by any of the fired rounds, Lack said.
Police said initially that only the landlord was injured by flying glass, but later said the female driver also was injured.
Both the driver and the landlord declined treatment.
Police said Kahn, who turned 58 on Tuesday, had lived in the house for years. Officers recovered a rifle inside the home.
The cause of the initial confrontation and argument remained unclear Wednesday.
With Candice Ruud and Ellen Yan