2004-09-03 / Front Page

GUNMEN RAID E. 99 ST. HOME

By Charles Rogers

Police search for shell casings on ground in front of house on East 99 Street where home invaders chased victim, firing at least eight shots from automatic handguns. Charles RogersPolice search for shell casings on ground in front of house on East 99 Street where home invaders chased victim, firing at least eight shots from automatic handguns. Charles Rogers Several shots were fired last Thursday at a 28-year-old woman fleeing a trio of robbers who she surprised just after they just invaded her home and tied up her teenage nephew, police said. The woman was subsequently arrested by cops investigating the case and charged with allegedly running an identification and credit card fraud.

The incident occurred at about noon on August 26 in a ground floor apartment on East 99 Street near Avenue J when the three men, wearing masks and brandishing handguns, pushed in the door and grabbed a 14-year-old boy, binding him to a chair with plastic ties. As they ransacked the house, eventually taking a black bag from one of the rooms, the 28-year-old aunt of the teenager arrived, saw the home invaders and ran out the door. She was followed by the trio and eventually escaped. Police said the men fired at least eight shots at her. They then fled in a black car. No one was struck by the bullets. Police found eight shell casings later in the driveway, in the street in front of the apartment and lodged in the hood and engine of a late-model BMW van parked on the street.

While police were checking the house, they noticed suspicious-looking equipment that prompted them to return with a search warrant later in the day, at which time they found “numerous” allegedly stolen credit cards, personal information on the owners of the cards and computer equipment allegedly used to make false identification cards.

The woman, whose name was not released, was charged with several counts of fraud, police said. Her teenage nephew, who was visiting here from Jamaica, was apparently unaware of any illegal operation and has since returned to Jamaica, according to police sources, who noted that they are continuing their

investigation.

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