NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- At 10:46 a.m., New Rochelle Police responded to a call of an interrupted burglary at 17 Willow Drive near the College of New Rochelle. Police are looking for two suspects, one of them armed, after they fled the scene in a Black BMW with a New York license plate that includes the number "9547".
The first suspect is described as male, black, 6' 0" dressed all in black. He had a handgun with a wooden handle. The second suspect is described as male, hispanic, 5'10", stocky build, wearing a knitted hat.
A woman residing at 17 Willow Drive came home to find a burglary in progress. The first suspect threw her down onto the ground and held a gun to her head. The suspect then bound the woman, stole cash and other items before fleeing the house on foot. The victim was able to untie herself in time to see the first suspect get into the vehicle driven by the second suspect. The pair was last seen driving down Leland Avenue towards Pelham Road. This according to sources familiar with the police investigation.
Police responded quickly and are on scene now. The call initially went out as an armed home invasion. The difference is whether someone was in the house when the break-in occurred. If the victim was in the house at the time of entry by the suspect it would constitute an armed home invasion. In this case, the victim was outside the house and came upon the suspect who was already in the house.
The investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with information is urged to contact the New Rochelle Police Department at (914) 654-2300.