A Queens teen and his older brother killed a burglar trying to break into their home early Monday by stabbing him and bashing him over the head with a baseball bat, police said.
The 26-year-old suspect barged into the two-story home on Williamson Avenue near 197th Street in St. Albans at about 2:45 a.m. after knocking on the door, cops said. When the 16-year-old resident opened the door, the criminal tried to push his way in, but the teen forced him out, locked the door and called the cops, police said.
Moments later, the crook again knocked before kicking in the door and making his way inside, authorities said.
This time, the thug was met by the teen and his 27-year-old brother.
The siblings fatally struck the burglar with a bat and then stabbed him, police said.
Officers responding to the 911 call of a burglary in progress found the suspect with trauma to the head and a stab wound to the torso, police said.
Emergency responders took the mortally wounded burglar to Jamaica Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Authorities have not released his identity.
Police were still questioning the brothers at the 113th Precinct. No arrests have been made.
Cops could not immediately say whether the brothers knew the intruder.
Neighbors on the Queens block were left shaken by the home invasion-turned-deadly.
“I’ve been here 50 years, and this is the first that this has ever happened,” said Kim Satchell, who was awoken in the middle of the night when her small dog started barking at the commotion.
Satchell said that when she saw flashing lights and stepped outside to check out what was going on, paramedics told her “go inside and lock your doors and windows.”
“I couldn’t imagine that there was a home invasion,” Satchell said. “I’m just surprised because this is a quiet block.”
Satchell called the brothers and their family “good people.”
Another neighbor, Regina McDonald, said she witnessed the burglar’s body being taken out of the home on a stretcher.
“I lived on my block my whole entire block, and we have never had anything major like this on this block,” McDonald said. “It’s strange.”
McDonald added: “Everybody on this block is working, middle-class people. We’re decent people here.”