An Elmont man thwarted an armed home invasion by holding his front door closed as a pair of masked gunmen tried to break it down on Friday morning, Nassau County police said.

The 54-year-old victim was asleep in his Kirkman Avenue home when he was awakened by his front doorbell ringing, then  heard a loud bang and someone trying to break in as he went to answer the door at 6:16 a.m., police said.

“The victim held the door shut while one of the subjects’ threatens the use of a weapon,” police said in a news release.

The victim screamed and the two men, one of whom was armed with a rifle, fled the scene toward Meacham Avenue in a silver Honda driven by a third man.

The two suspects were described as black men between 17 and 20 years old who were wearing dark masks, dark colored sweatshirts and blue jeans.  The victim was not injured.

The case comes as there have been 11 armed home invasions in a recent four-week span in neighboring Suffolk County.

Fourth Squad detectives ask anyone with information regarding this crime to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.  All callers will remain anonymous.

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