The Suffolk County Police Department is offering a $5,000 reward to anyone who helps authorities catch a burglar who attacked an elderly couple in their Greenlawn home Thursday night.
The suspect slashed the 75-year-old woman in the arm and hand when she answered the door and punched her 90-year-old husband in the chest several times and threw him to the ground, police said.
“A residential burglary at night is disturbing enough, but to see the level of violence here, and that elderly people were subjected to it, is really a shocking crime,” Suffolk police Chief of Department Stuart Cameron said at a news conference in Yaphank.
The two victims were treated at a hospital and are recovering from their injuries, police said.
The assailant, armed with a small knife, pushed his way into the house on Roosevelt Avenue about 11:25 p.m., authorities said. After the burglar cut the woman, he marched her upstairs, where her husband was watching TV, and struck him.
The assailant stole cash and credit cards, then fled, police said.
“There are indications that this may not have been a randomly chosen house,” Cameron said. “But that’s part of the investigation and we’re not ready to definitely say that.”
Cameron said there was a “massive” police response, including K-9 units and helicopters, in the search for the attacker. On Friday, Cameron said police were canvassing the neighborhood, looking for surveillance videos that may help them identify the suspect.
The attacker is about 5 feet 10 inches tall to 6 feet tall, police said. He wore a dark plaid jacket, dark pants and a scarf over most of his face.
Cameron urged anyone with information about this crime to call Crime Stoppers at 800-220-8477.
“So, if anyone who knows anything about this, there is $5,000 you can have in 72 hours, if you turn the person in,” Cameron said.