Police: Man pistol whipped in home

October 21, 2008 3:26:13 PM PDT
A homeowner was robbed and pistol-whipped during an apparent impersonation robbery in the Pleasant Plains section of Staten Island, according to police. Authorities tell Eyewitness News that the victim was attacked by the men at his house on Gaynor Street, at the intersection of South Service Road, just before 10:15 a.m.

The victim was pistol-whipped repeatedly by the alleged robbers, who appear to have been impersonating flower deliverymen. Neighbors said he was badly bloodied during the attack. The incident occurred just feet from the man's family.

It was not known if anything was taken.

The victim was identified as 48-year-old Robert Adamo, a well-known businessman who reportedly owns several buildings around town, as well as a dance studio.

One suspect fled in a van and the other on foot, according to sources. It sparked a large police manhunt in the normally quiet section of Staten Island.

One of the men was caught at the nearby intersection of Amboy Road and Huguenot Avenue. Authorities were hunting for the second.

STORY BY: Eyewitness News reporter Lisa Colagrossi
WEB PRODUCED BY: Scott Curkin and Bill King

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