Family of 5 bound with duct tape during terrifying Port Chester home invasion

Thursday, March 09, 2017 06:49PM
Marcus Solis has the latest details.


PORT CHESTER, New York - Police in Westchester County are searching for two suspects responsible for a terrifying home invasion in which a family of five was bound with duct tape at gunpoint.

The men, carrying guns, ambushed a deli owner as he pulled into the driveway of his Madison Avenue home in Port Chester just before 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The 54-year-old victim said two men he did not recognize were hiding behind a van, and that they jumped and pistol-whipped him when he exited the vehicle.

Felix Veras tells Eyewitness News he was yelling for help, but no one heard him.

"I tried to fight them," he said. "Because I didn't want them to go into my house."

But the suspects brought him inside and put him in one room, while his wife and three children -- two sons and one daughter -- were ushered into another.

He said they were all bound with tape, and the suspects kept asking for money and demanding that he open the safe.

"My documents and my papers are the only things in the safe," he said. "Not money."

The suspects took some jewelry and fled the scene. Veras was able to free himself and call police.

Police do not believe the attack was random.

"We have been working on this pretty much night and day since it occurred," Port Chester Police Chief Richard Conway said. "We believe the subject was targeted, and this was not a random act. That this was, in fact, related to his business."

The first suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his 20s, about 6-foot-2 with a thin build, light skin and wide, clear glasses. He was wearing a black bubble jacket with the brand name Marmot embroidered on the front.

The second suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his 20s, with an average build, light skin, round face and large nose. He was wearing a black hoodie and black baggy pants.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Port Chester Police Department at 914-939-1000. All calls will be kept confidential.
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