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DATE/TIME: Wednesday, November 19th, 2003 / 01:15 PM
SUBJECT:OCCUPIED RESIDENCE BURGLARY – SUSPECTS CAPTURED
Two teens have been arrested for burglarizing an occupied residence at 1512 Van Vranken Avenue just after midnight today.
Deangelo Pompey, 16, of 36 Southern Blvd. in Albany, and Christopher Harris, 15, of 54 Glen St. in Rensselaer, have each been charged with Burglary-1st degree. Harris is being charged as an adult.
Pompey and Harris went to the residence to collect money from a 26-year-old man who was staying there. The man reportedly owed a mutual female acquaintance $800 that he borrowed and had not repaid.
The 26-year-old, along with his 24-year-old ex-girlfriend (the resident), her 5-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son, and her 62-year-old mother, were sleeping when the adults heard a knock at the back door. After the occupants didn’t answer, Pompey and Harris kicked the door in. The younger woman looked out from her bedroom and saw the duo – who were wearing masks – enter her mother’s room. She grabbed her cell phone and hid behind the bedroom door. While in the elder woman’s room, the two bound her legs, wrists, and mouth,
and held a gun to her head. They took a several items, including a credit card and a small amount of cash. They then left the woman and went to the bedroom where the younger woman and man were. They bound him with duct taped in the same manner, pistol-whipped him in the head several times, demanded money, and threatened to kill him. They took several pieces of jewelry and then left the room. When they left the room, the woman called police on her cell phone. As she hung up, the duo re-entered the room and discovered her hiding. They punched her in the face several times, choked her, and bound her with duct tape. As this was happening, officers were responding to the residence. The duo heard the police arriving and ran out the back door. Officers captured the two after a short foot pursuit.
A pellet gun believed to be used in the robbery was recovered inside the apartment.
The male victim was treated for a head injury by Schenectady Fire Department paramedics, and then sought hospital treatment. The two women did not require medical treatment. The children were not injured or involved in the incident.
Pompey and Harris were arraigned in Police Court this morning. Pompey was sent to the Schenectady County Jail with bail set at $50,000. He will re-appear in Police Court on November 25th at 9 a.m. Harris was sent to the DFY Secure Juvenile Detention Facility in Colonie with no bail. He will re-appear in Police Court tomorrow morning (November 20th) at 9 a.m.