A teenager's 911 call helped thwart anearly-afternoon home invasion on Long Island that began when a manholding a bouquet of flowers showed up at her family's front doorand brandished a handgun, police said Saturday.
Six New York City men were arrested on charges includingfirst-degree robbery, criminal use of a firearm, conspiracy andburglary, Nassau County police said.
Most of the more than $100,000 in jewelry and cash taken Fridayin suburban Woodbury was recovered, said Detective Lt. Kevin Smith,a spokesman for the department. He declined to identify thevictims, none of whom were seriously hurt.
Smith commended the 18-year-old woman's actions in helping tohinder the home invasion.
"Her actions were great," he said. "If it wasn't for her, wewouldn't have had officers there within two minutes."
The brazen home invasion on Orchard Drive began about 1:20 p.m.Friday, when a 26-year-old woman opened the door to what lookedlike a man with a flower delivery and instead got a gun pointed ather. The man ordered her to lie on the floor, and he and threeothers went inside. One of them also had a handgun, and another wasarmed with what appeared to be a stun gun, police said.
One of the intruders confronted a 61-year-old woman coming outof the kitchen, Smith said, asking her "Where's the money and thejewelry?" She led him upstairs to a bedroom, where she was tied upwith duct tape.
Meanwhile, the teenager ran to her bedroom, secured herselfbehind her locked bathroom door and dialed 911, Smith said. But oneof the intruders found her, and pulled her out, asking if she had aphone and warning that she "better have not called the police,"Smith said.
Two other people in the home were also confronted and told tolie down on the floor, he said.
Police arrived outside, and the suspects fled out the back ofthe house as officers entered and began to pursue them, Smith said.Three men were arrested shortly afterward at a nearby golf course.Three other suspects were arrested later.
Smith said the investigation was ongoing, but it appeared thefamily had been targeted.
The suspects, who are between the ages of 23 and 31, wereexpected to be arraigned Sunday in First District Court inHempstead.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times