Two armed men ‘take two women hostage inside a Queens home they tried to rob after assaulting the resident,’ police say
- New York Police Department responded to reported hostage situation in Queens
- Officers arrived at home in the Richmond Hill section of Queens at around 9pm
- Woman carrying infant told officers she was assaulted by two armed men
- She said the men tried to rob her home and barricaded themselves inside
- The woman also said that two other women were being held against their will
- A few hours later, NYPD said that the two hostages were freed from the home
- Police said officers were still negotiating with the two armed men inside house
Two armed men who allegedly attempted to burglarize a home in the New York City borough of Queens late on Tuesday are holed up inside the house after several people held against their will were freed in tense hostage negotiations.
The New York Police Department released a statement just after midnight on Wednesday saying it was negotiating with the two armed men who were still inside the home in the Richmond Hill section of Queens.
According to police, law enforcement officials received a report at around 9pm of a possible attempted burglary of a home near Liberty Avenue and 125th Street.
New York Police Department officers responded to reports of a hostage situation in the Richmond Hill section of Queens late on Tuesday evening
When police arrived at the home, officers saw a woman with a baby standing outside. The woman told the officers that two armed men assaulted her and barricaded themselves inside the home while holding at least two others against their will
The image above shows the woman holding the infant (right) after officers and firefighters arrived on the scene
A first responder helps the woman and the infant in her arms after officers arrived on the scene on Tuesday night
A woman is seen being taken to a hospital after she was wheeled out by first responders on Tuesday
When officers arrived on the scene, they found a woman with a baby. The woman told the officers that there were armed people in her home and that she had been assaulted.
Police said two people were inside the house and were being held against their will.
Just before 11pm, the two hostages were released.
‘We had two additional people that were in the home that were released, an elderly woman in her 80s and another female, possibly in her 50s, recently released,’ an official told WCBS-TV.
‘We are still in communication with the people inside, and we’ll be here until the situation is resolved.’
Heavily armed police in tactical gear are seen above in Richmond Hill, Queens, on Tuesday night
The NYPD released a statement after midnight on Wednesday local time saying that officers were continuing to negotiate with the individuals inside the home
An NYPD emergency service vehicle is seen above in Richmond Hill on Tuesday
One of the women was taken to a hospital in an ambulance.
Just after midnight, police said that there were no hostages inside and that the suspects remained in the home.
This is a developing story. Check back for more details.