A DNA sample led investigators back to the suspect Nassau County police say broke into the Elmont home of a Haitian singer, with two others, officials said.
The victims of the burglary were Roger Eugene, a famous Haitian singer known to fans as Shoubou, and his wife, Newsday reported at the time of the Dec. 1, 2016, robbery.
Stanley Isac, 22, of the Bronx was ordered held on bail of $600,000 bond or $300,000 cash at his arraignment Saturday in First District Court in Hempstead. He was represented by the Legal Aid Society of Nassau County, which has a policy of not commenting on cases.
Investigators were able to find Isac by a DNA sample that was left at the home during the robbery, officials said. Records show Isac was arrested Friday in Queens.
Investigators said Isac and two other men broke into the home on Frick Street after removing bars on a basement window about 1:40 a.m., according to court records.
One man was armed with a knife while Isac held a pillow over the victims’ faces, records show.
Eugene struggled, prompting one of the robbers to tie his feet with a blanket, according to the court records, and shortly afterward the robbers took $40 to $80.
Eugene, who was 69 at the time, suffered a cut to his hand in the struggle, records show.
Isac was charged with two counts of second-degree kidnapping, two counts of first-degree robbery, two counts of first-degree burglary, three counts of second-degree robbery and three counts of second-degree assault, officials said.
He is due back in court on Wednesday.
An order of protection was also entered for the victims. Police said they are still looking for the other two robbers.
“I’m all right,” Eugene told Newsday in 2016. “I didn’t sleep the whole day.”
Eugene has been the lead singer of Tabou Combo, a 12-member band that started in Haiti and relocated to New York City in 1971, according to its website. The band has toured internationally with its “compas” hits, a popular beat and dance music born in Haiti and sung in Haitian Creole.
With Ellen Yan