A Cambria Heights man was indicted on burglary, assault and weapons charges Monday in connection with a violent home invasion in Uniondale last month, Nassau authorities said.
Keno Jamell Ramsay, 19, was arraigned before Acting Supreme Court Justice Meryl Berkowitz on first-degree burglary, first-degree attempted robbery, second-degree robbery, second-degree attempted robbery, second-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, according to Nassau Acting District Attorney Madeline Singas.
Berkowitz set bail at $150,000 cash or bond. Ramsay faces up to 5 to 25 years in prison if convicted on the top charge and is due back in court Jan. 19.
Prosecutors said Ramsay entered a 53-year-old man’s Atom Court home and awakened the man with demands for food and money, at one point wielding a large wooden paddle that he swung at the victim before he was subdued by the man and his 15-year-old son, who called police.
“We’re hoping the court will assess him and look at helping him rather than punishing him,” said Start Austin of Garden City, Ramsay’s attorney.
“The victim was sleeping comfortably in his bed when this defendant allegedly broke into the home and woke the victim by slapping him in his chest and later hit him with a blunt object,” Singas said in a news release. “Home invasions are some of the most frightening crimes we deal with as prosecutors and I thank our partners in the Nassau County Police Department for apprehending the suspect as quickly as they did.”