Gustavo Arroyo
Gustavo Arroyo

A Brooklyn man was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years in prison for his role in a group of four that tied up victims during a North Bellmore home invasion two years ago.

Gustavo Arroyo had been convicted in September at Nassau County court of robbery, burglary, criminal possession of a weapon, unlawful imprisonment, assault, resisting arrest and escape.

Prosecutors said Eduardo Cruz first entered the home, where he beat a woman before signaling Arroyo, 35, and Carlos Segura to come inside, where they tied up three residents and ransacked the house at 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 19, 2011.

Arroyo and Cruz were armed with knives and Segura was armed with a gun. Dario Guerrero drove their getaway vehicle.

The group also tied up a fourth resident who lived in the home’s basement and stole his cell phone and $350.

Another resident who arrived home during the incident broke free when Arroyo tried to grab him, fled the scene and called for help. Nassau County police quickly stopped the group in Merrick.

While Cruz had resisted arrest, Segura and Guerrero jumped back into their car and drove straight at the officer, who fired at the vehicle, striking Guerrero in the left leg. Arroyo ran away but was caught shortly later.

Guerrero was apprehended in Wantagh and Segura was arrested in a cab heading back to Brooklyn after a traffic stop on the Southern State Parkway.

Cruz was sentenced to 25 years in prison, Segura was sentenced to 15 years in prison and Guerrero was sentenced to 1-1/4 to 4 years in prison.

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