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Ex-police lieutenant, wife assaulted in Brooklyn home invasion, police say

Two suspects were charged, but police were still searching for a third assailant.

The NYPD released surveillance images of a third

The NYPD released surveillance images of a third man wanted in connection with the home invasion of a retired police lieutenant in Brooklyn. Photo Credit: NYPD

Police have charged two people and were looking for a third after the trio broke into the Brooklyn home of a retired police lieutenant and sexually assaulted his 71-year-old wife on Monday, cops said.

The suspects, two men and a woman, entered the couple's Marine Park home through an unlocked side door around 5:30 a.m. and went to the second floor where both the woman and her 72-year-old husband were sleeping, according to police.

They allegedly put a pillow over the woman's face and threatened her, demanding cash and jewelry.

"Say anything, you're dead," police said they told her.

The woman was sexually assaulted and tied up with duct tape, according to investigators. Her husband was hit on the head with an unknown object and cut on the cheek with a box cutter. Both victims were taken to Maimonides Medical Center for treatment.

The suspects stole the man's handgun and fled inside the victims' blue 2012 Honda Civic, police said. Two of the suspects, Lance Jyrkinen, 20, and Shirnel Sobers, 25, were later taken into custody while still in possession of the vehicle, according to the NYPD.

Jyrkinen and Sobers, both of whom are homeless, were each charged with attempted murder, assault, burglary, grand larceny and criminal possession of a weapon on Tuesday, police said.

The third suspect was still being sought by police, as of Wednesday morning.


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