Darius Radzius

Arrests made in robbery, sex assault inside retired NYPD officer's home

October 09, 2018 - 4:21 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The NYPD arrested two people Monday night in connection to a home invasion robbery and sexual assault in the Brooklyn home of a retired police lieutenant.

The incident happened at around 5:30 a.m. Monday in Marine Park. Three people broke into the home and slashed the retired 72-year-old officer in the face before sexually assaulting his 71-year-old wife.

After the assault, police said, the suspects then drove off in the couple’s Honda Civic. Authorities also believe they made off with the lieutenant’s gun.

Two of the suspects, a man and a woman, were captured Monday night in the stolen car after it was seen emerging from the Brooklyn side of the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel.

Police are still on the hunt for a third suspect in connection to the crime.

The retired officer's home was robbed twice before Monday morning's incident, according to police. This was the first time in which the two were injured. 

Neighbors told the Daily News, the lieutenant's 47-year-old son suffers from a mental illness, and has struggled with addiction.

He reportedly returned to the neighborhood after a stint in rehab and trouble was not far behind.

"You'd see him running down the street, partially clothed, screaming. He should be institutionalized," a neighbor said. "He was away for months, and he shows up out of the blue, then all of this stuff starts happening."

The man was arrested twice in September for drug possession and trespassing. Some six years ago, his mother called policed after he showed up at the home and started banging on the door, the Daily News reported.

Cops say they are looking at all possibilities, but the son is being treated as a witness, 1010 WINS' Samantha Liebman reported.

Neighbors say one of his friends was involved in the robbery.