HUNTS POINT, Bronx – Surveillance video was released Thursday showing two males suspected of tying up a woman as her two 2-year-old twins were left alone while they allegedly robbed a Bronx apartment.
Two males forced their way into an apartment on East 141st Street before zip-tying the 39-year-old woman, the NYPD said in a press release.
The woman, named Mercedes Aquino, later told PIX11 News through an interpreter that the two men flashed a gun and said to her in Spanish, "give me all your jewelry and money or ai will kill you."
Police said the incident occurred within the Hunts Point area of the Bronx, and within the 40th Precinct.
Aquino's two 2-year-old twin sons were left alone as the robbers allegedly took $15,000 in jewelry and $7,000 in cash. Her hands were still tied when the robbers ran out of the apartment.
The mother sustained minor lacerations to her leg when one of the males cut the zip-tie from her leg in order for her to locate money, police said.
She refused medical attention at the scene.
Surveillance video released by police shows two people exiting an apartment — both appear to be in dark clothing, with one wearing light-colored jeans and orange gloves.
They were described as two dark-skinned Hispanic males, between 20 and 30 years old; one with a thin build, the other with a heavy build.
Aquino's husband, Ivan Nunez, was out during the armed robbery. PIX11 News showed him the horrifying surveillance video of the home invasion and he said he recognized the first suspect in black as being a man who once worked for him at the barbershop Nunez owns on Brook Avenue.
"He recognized one of them who worked with him two years before," Nunez told PIX11 News through a translator. "He is thankful that his family is safe but he wants justice!"
Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).