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75-year-old victim talks about home invasion

Investigators say a 75-year old man was watching television when two men burst into his Syracuse apartment and demanded money. He spoke with NewsChannel 9 about the incident on Saturday night.
SYRACUSE, NY (WSYR-TV) - Investigators say a 75-year old man was watching television when two men burst into his Syracuse apartment and demanded money.

It happened around 5:00 Saturday morning at 605 North Salina Street in an upstairs apartment.

The two suspects are only described as two white males.

The victim, who wants to remain anynomous, was not hurt. He spoke to NewsChannel 9 on Saturday night about the incident.

"About a quarter after 5, 5:30 someone came busting in my kitchen door and they grabbed me and pulled me out the rocker," said the victim. "It was all of a sudden. Everything happened so quick and I always unlock my door in the morning and boom he was on top of me."

That's when he said a man pinned him down and threatened to kill him if he moved or called for help.

"He had his knee on the rocker and held me down while someone else went in the bedroom and got the money out of my pants pocket," the victim said.

The suspects got away with about $200.

Neighbors told NewsChannel 9 that they are starting to see crimes like this more often.

"We have incidents around here just like the gentlemen that got his door kicked in and robbed," said Jason Casler.

Casler works at a nearby restaurant. On Friday, he said a front window had to be replaced at the restaurant after a brawl on the street ended with someone being thrown through the glass.

"This is a main strip. There should be more police presence, maybe a community police center because this is a busy street at night," said Casler.

The men were last seen heading north on Salina Street.

Contact Syracuse Police at 442-5222 if you have any information. 

All calls will be kept confidential.
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