Woman tied up, gagged in Hawthorne

Police search for suspects
March 27, 2008 5:11:19 PM PDT
A frightening and violent home invasion in Westchester County and tonight police are looking for the three men who tied up and gagged a women. This after pushing their way in, and then robbing her.

The incident happened in Hawthorne.

Fingerprint dust still covers the front door. A door that was pushed in as part of a frightening home invasion. It happened Wednesday night around 7:15 on Sherman avenue. Police say one suspect rang the bell and asked for a name the victim didn't recognize and that's when he and two other men stormed in.

"They overpowered her and bound her with electrical zip ties and used duct tape to cover her mouth," said Chief Louis Algano with the Mt. Pleasant Police Department, who spoke to Eyewitness News' Marcus Solis.

The suspects did not display any weapons and the victim was not hurt. The suspects took off with an undetermined amount of cash according to police.

Chief Algano added, "She was left bound, was able to free herself and alerted a tenant who lived in the basement of the house."

The home invasion comes just three weeks after a similar crime in White Plains. In that incident, the suspects were looking for money connected with the homeowner's ATM business. In this in case, the family owns a food market on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx and police believe the house was targetted.

The 51-year-old victim is a teacher's aide at an area middle school.