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Police on Long Island are searching for three suspects who burglarized a pair of dilapidated apartments on Sunday, sexually assaulting a woman in the upstairs residence. Ida Siegal reports.
Police on Long Island are searching for three suspects who burglarized a pair of dilapidated apartments on Sunday, sexually assaulting a woman in the upstairs residence.
Nassau County police say a man armed with a handgun barged into an upstairs apartment on Grove Street in Hempstead on Sunday at 11 p.m. after he knocked and someone opened the door.
Two other men followed him inside. They searched the pockets of a 22-year-old man and his 47-year-old mother, taking cell phones and cash. Two of the suspects then forced the woman into the bathroom and sexually assaulted her, police said.
The other suspect then brought the 22-year-old man to an apartment downstairs where two 50-year-old woman live.
The suspect kicked in the door and ordered all the victims onto the floor. He also took a cell phone and cash from them, police said.
A 49-year-old woman who happened to stop by the apartment at that moment was also ordered down on the floor. Her phone and cash were also taken.
The woman from the upstairs apartment was then able to escape by jumping out of a window. She ran to a neighbor's house and called police.
The suspects then fled in a black four-door vehicle.
Neighbors said the building has fallen into a state of disrepair in recent years and is occupied by suspected drug dealers and squatters.
Detectives ask anyone with information to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.