Marble Hill invasion
By Sarina Trangle
1. Police said four masked men broke into a Marble Hill home early Tuesday morning, flashed a black gun, and tied up a 23-year-old woman and a 32-year-old man, before plundering the apartment and hitching a cab to Manhattan.
The suspects used what appeared to be a crowbar to pry open the door at 1-11 Marble Hill Ave. at around 4:20 a.m., according to police. The residents told officers an intruder tied the woman up with her shirt and used a belt to tie the man facedown on the floor before covering him with a sheet.
During the approximately 20-minute invasion, police said the men stole a 50-inch plasma TV, a PlayStation, a laptop, two iPhones, passports, citizenship papers, a 32-inch flat-screen TV and $800 in cash.
The suspects then ran toward Broadway, where they hailed a cab, according to police.
Officers believe two of the four suspects scoped out the apartment while delivering marijuana to the home two days ago.
Detectives were interviewing the victims Tuesday morning.
The case remains open.
2. iPhone robbery
Officers said two teens conned an iPhone out of a 12-year-old’s hands shortly after 4 p.m. on June 15.
Police said the two male teens, 17 and 18, approached the child near the corner of Independence Avenue and West 238th Street, and asked him for the time. The boy pulled out his iPhone, and police said one of the older teens grabbed it and said, “I will show you a trick.”
Police said when the boy asked for his phone back, one of the teens pulled out a wrench and said, “If you do not walk away, I will hit you.”
The teen advised the boy not to tell police.
Once the suspects left the area, the boy ran into a library and called the police, who took him with them to canvass the area.
Police arrested the two teens at about 5:45 p.m. and charged them with a felony robbery.
3. Teen robbed, hospitalized
A 15-year-old girl was attacked by two teen robbers while she was walking home from school at 5:45 p.m. on June 12, according to police.
Two 16-year-old females cornered the alleged victim at Broadway and West 231st Street, where police said the duo began punching and kicking the girl’s neck, arms and legs.