BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Binghamton Police Department is investigating a home invasion burglary at an apartment at 80 Pennsylvania Avenue Sunday night.
Binghamton police say two men approached a woman’s apartment posed as utility workers, forced entry into the apartment and physically assaulted the woman, binding her with duct-tape.
Police say one of the suspects was brandishing a handgun during the forced entry.
According to Detective Captain John Ryan two men posing as NYSEG workers were able to enter the home after telling the tenant that they were there to look into an electrical issue.
Police say the woman was home with two children under the age of 10 but the children were in another room and unharmed during the incident. Police say the suspects stole property from the apartment.
The woman sustained minor injuries consisting of bruising and swelling, according to police. After the attack, police say the suspects fled the apartment by foot.
The suspects are described as black males who are approximately about 5 feet, 7 inches tall and were wearing black clothing with orange reflective vests.
Captain Ryan stressed that this was not a random act and that the home was specifically targeted. Investigators do not expect that the suspects will pose as NYSEG workers to attempt additional home invasions.
We spoke with neighbors who say they saw these men earlier in the day.
“I wondered what they were doing on the property and I was kind of leary of it and suspicious. I didn’t know what to do and I just let them walk by and I ignored them and walked in my house,” Keith Sullivan, a neighbor, said.
Anyone with information should call detectives at (607) 722-7080.
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