Men smash down door, pistol whip couple and threaten to kill them in home invasion in Clay, deputies say -

2022-07-01 20:04:11 By : Ms. Shengzhu Huang

Clay, N.Y. — Two of the three men accused of holding a family at gunpoint during a home invasion in Clay were charged Tuesday night in Onondaga County Court.

The third man is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday morning, Onondaga County Assistant District Attorney Shea Maloy said Tuesday night.

Malik Shabazz,18, Andres Arzola-Torres, 31, and Anthony Santiago, 33, all of Cleveland, Ohio, were accused of breaking into a home at 357 Chestnut St. at about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Jon Seeber said.

Three children and their parents were home, Seeber said.

The three armed men entered through a backdoor by breaking it down, according to a felony complaint filed in county court.

Once inside, the men threatened to kill the two adult victims with a handgun, and pistol whipped them both, according to the complaint.

The man and woman suffered multiple cuts and bruises to their heads and faces. The three young children were unharmed, Seeber said.

One of the adult victims had four gold rings ripped from their fingers after getting hit in the head with a handgun, according to the complaint.

The woman’s hands were tied behind her back with a speaker cord, according to the complaint.

Sheriff’s deputies and state police responded after a boy who lives in the home called 911 to report the home invasion.

Two of the men ran from the house when deputies arrived and were caught, Seeber said. The third was found inside the house, he said.

It is believed the suspects targeted the home and family, deputies said.

“There was some sort of connection there,” Seeber said. He called the invasion “not random.”

During the investigation, police found a Taurus Spectrum .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol in the suspects’ white 2021 Jeep, parked in the victim’s driveway, according to the complaint.

They also found a Taurus PT111 9mm semi-automatic pistol and a American Tactical Titan 1911 .45 caliber pistol in the area where the suspects fled from the home, according to the complaint.

Santiago and Shabazz were arraigned in county court Tuesday night, charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, first-degree criminal uses of a firearm, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree assault, criminal possession of a firearm and first-degree unlawful imprisonment, according to the complaint.

Arzola-Torres is scheduled to be arraigned on the same charges in county court Wednesday morning.

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