Suspects Hold Man At Knife-Point, Set Service Dog Loose During Home Invasion

Erica Brosnan
November 08, 2019 - 3:38 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Authorities say two men broke into a Manhattan apartment, removed the owner’s service dog and then ransacked the residence.

The NYPD says two suspects forced themselves into a first-floor apartment on West 83rd Street on the Upper West Side around 6:30 a.m. Friday.

Once inside, police say they held a 21-year-old male at knife-point and one suspect them removed his service dog from the home and placed her outside the apartment building.

The suspects then removed a number of items from the home, including a PlayStation 4, a debit card and a cell phone.

Police say the dog, named Nela, was found roaming the streets and was not injured.

The 21-year-old man suffered bruising to his face but did not accept medical assistance. An 18-year-old female also inside the apartment at the time was not harmed.

The suspects are described as two Hispanic males wearing all black. Police say one was wearing a ski mask over his face.

The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information is urged to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).