An East Harlem couple’s dream of retiring to North Carolina was indefinitely deferred after gun-wielding crooks burst into their dwelling and walked out with $10,000.
John Pickney, 74, mentioned the money was for a ultimate fee on land and a home in Wilmington. The retired couple had simply taken it out of their financial savings account.
Pickney had no method of realizing two crooks had focused him and his 73-year-old spouse for a theft — which occurred at 1:30 p.m. Thursday on the Johnson Homes on Park Ave.
His spouse, who requested that her title be withheld, mentioned two masked males banged on her condominium door and pretended to be metropolis staff.
“Housing!” they mentioned, in keeping with the sufferer. However when she opened the door she realized she was in bother.
“He advised me, ‘Somebody despatched me right here — John has some huge cash right here,’” the sufferer mentioned, describing the armed suspect. “He pushed me down and he held the gun on me. It’s very arduous for me, that you just’ve seen somebody over you with a gun in your face,” she added.
She tried to speak the suspects — who wore black masks with purple across the eyes and mouth — out of robbing her however they persevered, and he or she handed over a small secure, during which her husband had put his hard-earned $10,000.
She additionally suffered a busted hip through the harrowing encounter — and mentioned she’s now afraid to go exterior.
“I’m scared to exit,” she mentioned. “I’m scared to do something.”
It wasn’t clear how the suspects acquired into the constructing, however residents have complained the entrance door hasn’t locked in years.
“That is devastating information,” NYCHA mentioned in a press release. “All cameras at Johnson Homes are operational, although. This has allowed us to offer our legislation enforcement companions with important footage that can assist them determine the perpetrators as rapidly as potential.”
Pickney mentioned dropping the money was a blow — however they might get better.
“No have to cry now. I’m simply going to need to attempt to get some extra,” he mentioned.