Nassau County police say two residents in Uniondale successfully foiled the plans of two burglars who broke into their Walton Street home Wednesday morning.
Vitelio Cornejo, 34, of Roosevelt and Marvin Segovia-Garcia, 33, of Hempstead offered no words as they left Nassau police headquarters to be arraigned on multiple charges, including burglary and criminal possession of a weapon.
"As soon as I left to go to school, like five minutes later, they came inside the house... I mean, I’m pretty sure they were like stoking out the house for a few. So, as soon as I left they went in," said Danny Godinez who lives in the house on Walton Street, and he showed FiOS1 News the rear door that detectives say the burglars damaged to gain entry.
Danny's father, Edgar, says he and another son rushed home after a family member who lives on a different floor called to say that someone had broken in.
"When I came in here, I found the guys inside the house! … At that time, I wasn't scared. After that, I was scared a little bit," Edgar recalled, whose arm got injured while trying to take on one of the alleged burglars. However, he says the struggle was worth it.
His son was able to stop one of the suspects until responding officers showed up to arrest Cornejo on Wednesday around 9:45 a.m.
"In that moment, I don't think. I wanted to stop the guys. I wanted police to arrest the guys…” Edgar said.
By the time responding officers arrived, police say the other suspected burglar, Segovia-Garcia, had already run away from the scene carrying a crowbar. He was arrested a short time later in a wooded area just east of James Doolittle Boulevard.
In addition to burglary and criminal possession of a weapon, police say both men also face criminal mischief charges. Authorities say Segovia-Garcia has also been charged with second-degree assault and menacing.