A Bronx mother of two managed to fight off a pair of would-be home invasion robbers earlier this week. Apparently one of the suspects waited outside their door for 20 minutes.
Police say the incident occurred at 7:16 a.m. on Monday, August 1: "Two unidentified individuals attempted to gain entry into a 31 year old female victim's apartment, located in the vicinity of Home Street and Bryant Avenue, by pushing their way in through the front door. They were unable to gain entry and fled the location."
WCBS 2 reports, "One of the men hid under the stairs, while the other waited outside of a first floor apartment for more than 20 minutes." Video shows one of the suspects carrying flowers and balloons:
Inside the first floor apartment was the 31-year-old woman and her 9-year-old son and baby daughter. The boy told WCBS 2, "I was sleeping, and I was the one that heard the knock. So, I told my mom someone’s knocking at the door... She didn’t see nobody like three or five minutes after that. She was gonna go out to buy me a sandwich, that’s when they started to push the door to get in."
One of the suspects wedged his foot in the door as he tried to get into the apartment; when he fled, he left his shoe.
One suspect is described as 20 to 30 years old, 5'10" and approximately 180 pounds and wearing a black and gray sweater, brown pants, green baseball cap, and tan shoes, while the other was described as 20 to 25 years old, 5'8" to 5'10" and approximately 160 to 170 pounds and wearing a gray hoodie sweatshirt, blue jeans and black sneakers.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.