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Gun discharges during New Cassel home invasion, Nassau police say

An artist's sketch of a burglar described as

An artist's sketch of a burglar described as 6-foot-tall who authorities said burst into a New Cassel home Monday morning with a masked partner and demanded cash and jewelry before fleeing. Credit: NCPD

Gunshots were fired Monday morning in a New Cassel home invasion where a pair of armed men held a family hostage for about 20 minutes, before taking off with cash and jewelry, Nassau police said.

The two burglars, armed with handguns, knocked on the door of the single-family home on Third Avenue and asked for the male homeowner by name at about 10:30 a.m., said Det. Lt. Richard LeBrun, a department spokesman. The homeowner is a builder and owns his own business, LeBrun said

“We feel that the home was targeted,” said LeBrun. “It was not random.”

The burglars are still at-large, LeBrun said, adding that investigators are still trying to ascertain how the burglars knew the homeowner.

The homeowner’s wife answered the door and told the two men her husband wasn’t home, but the men “forced their way inside the residence,” said LeBrun. The thieves brought the woman to an upstairs bedroom and “made numerous demands for cash.”

The homeowner’s three children — all under 13 — were home at the time. Two other occupants of the home — a husband and a wife — were also at the residence. No one was injured, police said.

The homeowner, whose name was not released, arrived minutes later and was met by the burglars who “pointed their weapons at him and demanded cash,” LeBrun said.

They then forced him into a bedroom with his wife. He gave the thieves his wallet, LeBrun said, and a round from one of the thieves’ handguns discharged and lodged in a wall. No one was hit by the bullet, he said.

The burglars then fled with an undisclosed amount of cash and jewelry. The homeowner then got his rifle and ran outside. He “didn’t see anyone in his view” and a round was discharged from his weapon, LeBrun said

The homeowner’s wife stayed inside and called 911. A neighbor also called police after the other female in the house ran down the street after the burglars fled and sought help, LeBrun said.

One suspect was described as being 6-foot while the other wore a mask and was 5-foot. The investigation is continuing and charges “may be pending” against the homeowner, LeBrun said. He declined to specify possible charges.

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