NORTHERN VALLEY PRESS
ENGLEWOOD – A husband and wife were held against their will at gunpoint by three masked men for about 30 minutes as they searched their Cross Creek condominium complex home on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, Detective Capt. Tim Torell told Northern Valley Press.
“The victim was forcibly taken back into his residence by the males where his wife, age 33, was located by one of the attackers,” said Torell. “She was then, also forcibly, held at gunpoint while the suspects searched their home and demanded cash and valuables.”
“The Bergen County Sheriff’s Department Crime Scene Unit later responded and assisted City Detectives with a forensic evidence investigation,” said Torell.
Private security and police patrols have been increased in the area, Torell said.
“In conjunction with the management staff at Cross Creek, we are urging residents to be extra aware of their surroundings when entering or exiting their homes,” said Torell. There have been no similar occurrences recently in the area. Residents, visitors and complex staff are being asked to report any suspicious activity to the Englewood Police Department via 911 or (201) 568-2700.
The suspects were captured in a video that shows three darkly clad people scamper past a security camera. Police are seeking to review more video and they are asking the public for help.
“There is additional video evidence that our detectives are attempting to recover, which we hope will help us identify these suspects and bring them all to justice,” said Torell.
“The Crime Stoppers Group of Bergenfield-Englewood-Teaneck-Hackensack is offering cash rewards for any information that significantly assists our Detectives in this investigation. Crime Stoppers is a non-profit organization and can be reached at (844) 466-6789. City Detectives can be reached at (201) 568-4875,” said Torell.