Nassau and Suffolk county police are investigating a pair of armed home invasions that occurred a week apart in Terryville and Garden City Park, authorities said.
In the first case, two masked assailants entered a Superior Street home in Terryville at 10:30 p.m. Friday, July 15, flashed a gun and demanded jewelry from a victim, whom they then punched, Suffolk police said. The suspects fled with jewelry and a phone.
In the other incident, two men forced their way into a Garden City Park home on Hillside Drive South at 8:05 p.m. on Thursday, July 21, after one of the men engaged a 61-year-old woman in small talk about her dog, and then grabbed her in a bear hug as she entered the side door of her home, Nassau police said.
The suspects pushed her to the floor of a bedroom and threatened to kill her if she turned around and looked at them, police said. Once the house was quiet, she called 911 and discovered money was stolen from an upstairs closet, police said.
Third Squad detectives released sketches of the suspects in that case. They were described as 5-foot, 10-inches tall and in their early 20s. One was Hispanic and the other was black. Detectives are continuing the investigations.