Roof-Jumping Rob Suspect Caught
By Charles Rogers
Police from the 69th Precinct last week arrested a man as he allegedly tried to escape from the scene of a robbery in a private home by jumping from rooftop to rooftop on houses along East 96 Street.
According to Patrol Supervisor Sergeant Kevin Barney, an emergency call was made by the frantic victims of a home invasion robbery at about 1 a.m. on Sunday, November 30 stating that two men with guns had just left the second floor of their house near Avenue K after robbing them.
"When we arrived," Barney said, "we were just about to enter the house when we heard a loud crashing noise from the roof above us. We established a perimeter around the area when we saw a man jumping from the top of one house to the other and then to another."
Sergeant Barney and Officers Robert Rodriques, Seleta Boston and Michael Spera established a ring around the perimeter of the houses, drew their weapons and ordered the man off the rooftop.
Mark Tinglin, 27, whose home is across the street from the houses he was allegedly robbing, came down through a skylight in one of the houses and was arrested at the scene. An alleged accomplice escaped and is still being sought.
Barney returned to the residence and was informed by the victims that Tinglin and his friend had knocked on the door of the second floor apartment of a 31-year-old woman and asked for a man named "Jeffrey." When told there was no one there by that name, the two men allegedly burst into the house, displayed shotguns and asked, "Where’s the money?"
Barney said one of the men ordered the woman, an 18-year-old man,, a
23-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman into a rear bedroom where their wrists were tied with plastic ties. The names of the victims were not released. One woman was able to free herself and called 911.
Barney said during a search of the area, which included the use of a helicopter and special Emergency Service Unit officers, a 12-gauge shotgun with seven shells and a .22 caliber rifle with eight rounds of ammunition were discovered on one of the rooftops. Two packages of zip ties, 39 glassine envelopes of marijuana and $179 in cash were also discovered.
No one was injured during the incident, Barney said.