Faux cops taser aged man, snatch $20,000 in NYC house invasion
Two males carrying police uniforms, gold shields and masks claimed to be cops earlier than they busted right into a Queens couple’s house, zapped a person with a Taser and ransacked the place — having the gall to apologize as they made off with about $20,000, the couple instructed the Submit.
Moustafa Sharoozi, 77, and his 66-year-old spouse, Kathy, had been at their Sanford Avenue house in Flushing round 11:30 p.m. Monday after they heard a knock on their door. When Moustafa regarded via the peephole, he noticed two males carrying N95 masks and police getups outdoors the door, he stated.
“I regarded via the outlet within the door they usually regarded like police,” the Iranian immigrant and retired NYC taxi driver stated. “I trusted that they had been police, and sadly I allow them to in.”
He stated the pretend cops burst inside and rapidly had him on the ground.
“I resisted a little bit bit, however then he put the Taser in opposition to me and pulled the set off,” he stated. “I assumed it was an actual bullet. I assumed, ‘I’m accomplished.’”
The goons then certain the couple with zip ties and duct tape, cops stated.
Shahroozi continued to wrestle, and the pretend cop tasered him a second time, at which level he gave up struggling, he stated.
In the meantime, the opposite thief tied up Shahroozi’s spouse, a Chinese language immigrant. She didn’t wrestle and was allowed to sit down in a chair, not the ground, the couple recalled.
“They took us to our bed room and had us sit on the mattress,” Moustafa recalled. “One in all them stated, ‘I can’t discover the cash. The place’s the cash?’ I had some money in one of many drawers, however all the pieces was already dumped on the ground, so I obtained on the ground and regarded for it. I discovered the bag with the money in it and gave it to the man. It was $4,000-$5,000 money. He stated, ‘That’s it? The place’s the large cash?’ I stated, ‘That’s it. There’s some jewellery. You’re welcome to have that.’
“So then they took us to the lavatory and sat us on the sting of the bathtub,” Moustafa continued. “The shorter man had the gun in his hand and was trying us whereas the taller man was throwing issues round, searching for cash.”
The thieves discovered jewellery — together with some heirlooms from Kathy’s deceased mom — and the contents of her purse, which she had stashed beneath the espresso desk in the lounge.
“Contained in the purse was roughly $10,000 value of hire cash, largely money,” the husband stated. “Kathy had gone out earlier that day to gather hire cash from native tenants with the intent to ship it to a property proprietor she works for.”
Whole harm, victims say, is roughly $20,000.
Earlier than the perps left, they apologized to the couple, who had been nonetheless certain and seated on the tub.
“The taller man stated, ‘I’m sorry for the way in which I handled you. Now keep right here and depend to 100 after which you may come out,’” Moustasfa recalled. “We stayed there for six, seven minutes. I assumed they had been going to shoot us however they by no means did. Fortunately I had my cellphone and I known as 911 and the police got here.”
Moustafa stated he appears like he’s getting a “second probability at life.”
“Once they put us within the toilet, I used to be praying that they wouldn’t kill us,” he stated. “Thankfully my prayers had been answered.”
Shahroozi’s son Kevin, 31, got here to the house later to console his dad and mom.
“My mom is a really conventional girl,” he stated. “She’s been saving money her complete life. Their life financial savings is gone. They’re on Medicaid. These persons are simply scumbags. And the town’s speaking about defunding the police? Don’t defund the police. Don’t inform them to face down.”
The household has but to determine how the crooks discovered that that they had cash, however they assume any person discovered Kathy collects hire cash across the neighborhood and adopted her house.
The NYPD is investigating the allegations and searching for the 2 cop impersonators, police stated.