Three arrested in terrifying home invasion

March 6, 2008 4:06:28 PM PST
Three suspects burst into the home on Coolidge Avenue in White Plains Wednesday night. Police say at least two of them had guns. Two of the men were quicly arrested, while the third managed to evade police a bit longer.

The home invasion sparked a massive manhunt.

The incident happened just before 10 p.m. A mother and her two children were inside when the three men burst in.

Police say the suspects ushered them into a room and, at one point, pointed a gun at the head of a 13-year-old boy.

As police responded, two suspects ran through the woods behind the house and were arrested. The third took off in a white van. He surrendered Thursday.

The suspects are identified as 29-year-old Juan Polanco, 26-year-old Carlos Mercado and 27-year-old Leoncio Sosa. All three men are residents of the Bronx. They are charged with burglary and weapons possession.

Two guns were recovered at the scene.

Police say the robbery attempt was not a random act, but that the house was targeted. Sources say the homeowner owns several businesses, including bars and bodegas, that deal largely in cash.

The family reportedly moved in 2004 after buying the house in the Highlands section of the city - a quiet, affluent neighborhood that has experienced burglaries before.


Load Comments