Bay Shore Man Posed as Florist During Home Invasion, Cops Say

Daniel Ratliff
Daniel Ratliff

A Bay Shore man has been accused of posing as a flower deliveryman during a Great Neck Plaza home invasion in which he allegedly used a stun gun on the victim, who was then tied up.

Daniel Ratliff was charged Thursday with robbery, burglary, grand larceny and criminal possession weapon.

Nassau County police said the 36-year-old suspect rang the doorbell at the victim’s Clent Road apartment and when the victim opened the door, Ratliff used the stun gun on him and then struck him in the with a glass vase, causing him to fall to the ground on June 10.

During the ensuing struggle, Ratliff allegedly pointed a black handgun at the victim. Ratliff then allegedly bound the victim’s his hands and feet.

Ratliff broke open a locked safe that was in a hallway closet and stole cash, jewelry and other items before he fled in an unknown direction, according to Third Squad detectives.

The victim was treated for facial fractures and head trauma.

Ratliff will be arraigned Friday at First District Court in Hempstead.