By Joy Bergmann
A father, mother and adult daughter were tied up by a knife-wielding man during a home invasion at 306 West 78th Street around 4:00 p.m. Thursday afternoon, according to police officials. The daughter was apparently able to wriggle an arm free and call 911.
As first reported by NBC 4, police spotted the 30-year-old suspect, Daniel S. Omolukun, outside the building, recognized him by the description given to dispatchers and pursued him on foot before apprehending him, NYPD said.
Officers took Omolukun to the 20th Precinct on West 82nd Street where he allegedly became violent, lashing out and spitting in at least one cop’s face. The struggle caused minor injuries to police personnel and Omolukun was transported to an area hospital, officials said.
Police said they confiscated two knives from Omolukun, who allegedly removed an undetermined amount of cash and valuables from the home. None of the family members sustained physical injuries.
Officials could not yet say whether the victims knew Omolukun. It’s still unclear how the suspect obtained access to the apartment. The investigation is ongoing.
Friday morning UPDATE: NYPD told WSR that Omolukun will face the following charges: Robbery, burglary, grand larceny, kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment, criminal possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools, resisting arrest, obstruct governmental administration, and criminal possession of a weapon.
The man on parole who’s suspected of methodically carrying out a violent home invasion robbery didn’t account for @NYPD20Pct Officers Banzer & Cruz. These two eagle-eyed cops spotted the suspect & quickly apprehended him with the help of fellow Finest. Tremendous work by all! pic.twitter.com/oN1ZBlooRO
— Chief Terence Monahan (@NYPDChiefofDept) February 1, 2019