A Bellmore man who returned home Monday morning to find his parents bound and gagged and armed robbers fleeing his house said Tuesday he thinks his family was attacked at random.
"These people were all from Brooklyn, and we don't know anyone from Brooklyn," said Haris Sumra, 20. His family owns a Bellmore salon, but Sumra said so far police have not found a link between the business and the suspects.
A law enforcement source confirmed Tuesday that the attack, which led Nassau police on a wild chase Monday, appeared to be random.
The four suspects, Eduardo Cruz, 35, of 39 Third Ave.; Gustavo Arroyo, 33, of 760 Seventh Ave.; Dario Guerrero, 55, of 212 56th St.; and Carlos Enrique Segura, 29, of 449 61st St., were all in police custody Tuesday. A spokesman for the Nassau district attorney's office said the men will be arraigned Wednesday morning.
Each was charged with four counts of first-degree robbery and three counts of first-degree burglary, police said. Cruz and Arroyo also were charged with resisting arrest, while Guerrero was charged with attempted aggravated assault.
Haris Sumra said he thinks the suspects thought his mother, Shabnam Sumra, was alone in the house when they forced their way in. They brought a rope to tie her up with, but did not have enough to bind his father, Arshad Sumra, his uncle, Ghulam Sumra, and a family friend, identified only as Shafiq, who also were there, he said. Instead, they used cellphone cords and the cord from an iron to bind the men, he said.
Haris Sumra said his parents, uncle and the friend are fine, though shaken.
"We couldn't really sleep last night," he said, adding that his family is beefing up security at their home. "It was really bad."
Haris Sumra said he called police after he returned home about 9 a.m. to find armed robbers leaving -- three had knives, the other a gun. One of the robbers grabbed his shirt, but he got away, he said.
The home invasion and subsequent search for the four suspects led to lockdowns at 27 schools, a gun battle near one school and chases using helicopters and police dogs.
As they fled in a white Ford Crown Victoria with tinted windows, the four suspects were tailed by a neighbor. Then, Nassau police took over and stopped the car at Babylon Turnpike and Merrick Road. Two suspects ran off and the others climbed back in and accelerated, police said.
Police said officers, who feared for their lives, fired on the car, striking the driver in the leg. The fourth suspect ducked into a bar, had a beer and called for a cab.
Officers found him in a taxi on the Southern State Parkway.
In all, six people were hospitalized: three of the five home-invasion victims; two suspects, including the one shot in the leg by police; and an officer who hurt his ankle during the chase.