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Burglars sexually assault woman after breaking into Mastic Beach home, police say

Police seek 2 suspects in Long Island robbery, sex assault 02:06

MASTIC BEACH, N.Y. -- Suffolk County police are scouring a Mastic Beach neighborhood, looking for the two suspects wanted in a brutal robbery and rape of a young woman inside her home on Tuesday afternoon.

"The individuals then egressed from the location, with some unknown currency and undetermined property. This is a horrible incident," Suffolk County Police Chief Rodney Harrison said Thursday.

The community is understandably nervous after learning of the sordid details of the break-in, burglary, and violent sexual attack, CBS2's Jennifer McLogan reported.

The victim was alone with a young child inside her home, according to neighbor Dennis Naughton.

"I gave her some towels on her and got the bleeding to stop, put some clothes on her because she pretty much had almost nothing on. The kid was freezing," Naughton said.

An ambulance was called to the scene, and the victim, identified by neighbors as a young mother, was rushed to the hospital to be treated for physical injuries and mental anguish.

"It's really important that individuals enroll in counseling. There are advocates available," victim advocate Keith Scott said. "That DNA is held in New York state for 20 years, so one of the best things is to get that examination done."

Jeanne Romaine is a neighbor of the victim.

"Of course, we are on edge. We want to make sure no one is following us, that we are keeping our doors locked," Romaine said.

"We do need the community's help in order to identify these individuals and bring them to justice," Harrison said. "I'm going to say it again: CrimeStoppers hotline 1-800-220-TIPS."

Police are looking for two dark-skinned males in their teens or early 20s. One was wearing a light-colored hooded sweatshirt and light pants. The other was wearing a dark-hooded sweatshirt and dark pants with white stripe.

CrimeStoppers is offering a cash reward. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Suffolk County Police Special Victims Section at (631) 852-8791 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.


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