Two men in their 20s remained on the loose Wednesday after an occupant confronted the pair, one of whom was wielding a handgun, during a Merrick home invasion and the pair fled empty-handed, Nassau police said.
The suspects wore hooded sweatshirts and purple bandannas partially covering their faces when they entered the Beach Drive home at 4:40 p.m. Tuesday, police said.
Both suspects were described as being about 6 feet with medium builds, according to police.
Officers from the Bureau of Special Operations responded to the home invasion, said Nassau police spokesman Det. Lt. Richard LeBrun.
A 20-year-old man visiting the home told police he was in the den when he saw the suspects enter the house through a back door accessed from a second-story deck, LeBrun said.
The alleged perpetrators told the man “give us your stuff,” police said. The occupant grabbed an arm of the suspect holding the handgun in an attempt to push it away and was punched in the face, police said.
During the commotion, three relatives — two women and a man — locked themselves in a bedroom.
“The mother in the residence hears what’s going on. Once she sees what is taking place, she screams that she’s going to call the police,” LeBrun said. “Both individuals flee the residence.”
The intruders were in the home for no longer than two minutes, LeBrun said.
Tactical officers carrying long guns swarmed the area afterward, according to others living on the Beach Drive block.
Several homes on the street were equipped with security cameras and LeBrun said investigators will look at footage recorded at the time.
Police are asking anyone with information to anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 800-244-TIPS.