Armed Men Steal Ottoman, Other Valuables in Apartment Robbery: NYPD

Two men, armed with a gun and knife, forced their way into a Bronx apartment and stole an ottoman and other valuables from a couple as their young child watched, police say.

The suspects followed a 43-year-old man to his Mt. Eden apartment last Sunday night and pushed their way inside when he unlocked the door.

One of the men pulled out a firearm and the other man pulled out a knife during the robbery, police say.

The robbers got physical with the man and his 28-year-old wife as they demanded money and jewelry.

The couple’s 4-year-old son watched the home invasion unfold.

The robbers were able to get away with cell phones, jewelry, cash and an ottoman furniture piece, according to police.

Surveillance video shows one suspect awkwardly carrying the ottoman as they escape. At one point he drops the piece of furniture before picking it back up and taking off. 

Law enforcement sources tell NBC 4 New York it's unclear why thieves stole the ottoman, or if something was hidden inside. 

The suspects fled down Morris Avenue in a black Acura TL with a New York license plate.

The victims were not seriously injured in the robbery.

Neighbors say the unusual robbery has them uneasy. 

I'm panicked," said one neighbor. "I don't open the door for anybody. When I take the elevator I'm nervous. I want to move."

Police ask anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

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