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Police are investigating a home invasion in Hewlett on Long Island in which an elderly couple was threatened at gunpoint. Gus Rosendale reports.
Police say an elderly couple was robbed at gunpoint in a Long Island neighborhood normally known for being a safe area.
A 73-year-old homeowner in Hewlett was in his driveway Saturday night when two masked men approached him, then forced their way into his home at gunpoint, police said.
The men walked through the house looking for cash and jewelry while pointing a handgun at their victim, according to police. They eventually tied up the homeowner and his wife in the master bedroom.
The couple was able to call 911 after the robbers left.
Neighbors said the elderly couple has lived in their home for more than two decades and have never had a problem. David Camlet, who's lived on Lakeview Drive for 17 years, said the attack is out of character for that part of the Five Towns.
"It's a very safe neighborhood," said Camlet. "It's very peaceful. A home invasion is out of character for this neighborhood."
"It just shows something like this can happen anywhere," he added.
Police are investigating.