Two masked robbers plotted to break into a Staten Island home Wednesday morning — but ended up robbing the wrong house and zip-tying an innocent family of three before making off with $2,900 in cash and jewels, police said.
A 67-year-old man was in his garage on Howard Avenue near Stratford Avenue in Grymes Hills at about 5:45 a.m. when the intruders punched him in the face and zip-tied his hands, authorities said. One of them flashed a knife as they assaulted him, police said.
The man’s 57-year-old wife heard her husband screaming then saw the robbers in her house, she told the Post. “I said you can take anything you want. They said: ‘We won’t do anything; it’s the wrong house.’”
One of the crooks then zip-tied the man’s wife and 26-year-old daughter in a second-floor bathroom, police said.
“That sense of violation isn’t right,” the shaken woman, who did not want to be identified, said. She added that the robbers were in the house for about 45 minutes.
The suspects stole $2,900 worth of cash and jewelry from the house and sped off in a gray minivan with Pennsylvania license plates, police said.
The man was taken to Richmond University Medical Center in stable condition with cuts to his face, police said.