Three men will be arraigned Sunday accused of attempting to enter an Elmont home at gunpoint as the homeowner frantically held the door shut to keep the armed men out, Nassau County police said.
Investigators believe two of the men retrieved the weapon by breaking into another home in Baldwin earlier in the week and one of them is also charged with shooting the gun at another man after an argument.
Police arrested Nazir Babury, 20, of Elmont, Jason Mifsud, 36, of Woodmere, and Dujon Ellis, 22, of Laurelton, Queens, in connection with an attempted armed home invasion that occurred on Friday. Around 6:16 a.m., two of the men went to a home on Kirkman Ave. in Elmont and rang the doorbell, cops said. The homeowner awoke and went to the door, where he “heard a loud bang and someone trying to break in,” a news release said. According to investigators, one of the men threatened to use a rifle as the 54-year-old male resident held the door shut. Cops said the man screamed and the intruders ran to a silver Honda driven by a third suspect, later identified by police as Ellis.
The three men were arrested Saturday afternoon by detectives for the attempted invasion and charged with first-degree burglary and first-degree criminal use of a firearm.
Fourth Squad detectives said Babury and Mifsud were involved in the burglary of a Baldwin residence earlier in the week. The men entered a home on Anderson St. and “removed a rifle” on Wednesday, police said.
On Friday, cops allege Babury became engaged in an argument with a 22-year-old man while inside a 2011 Mazda on Woodmere Blvd. South in Woodsburgh. During the course of the argument, police said Babury removed the stolen rifle from the trunk of the vehicle and threatened the victim. The man ran from the car and Babury fired at the man, missing him, according to the news release. Babury allegedly then got back into the car and fled from the scene.
Babury and Mifsud face additional criminal charges for second-degree burglary. Babury was also charged with first-degree reckless endangerment.
The three were held overnight in police custody and are scheduled to be arraigned Sunday at First District Court in Hempstead.