NEW YORK CITY, NY (The New York Post) – The knife-wielding man accused of tying up an Upper West Side family in a violent home invasion was a homeless ex-convict out on parole for burglary, police said Friday.
Suspect Daniel Omolukun, 30, who was conditionally released last August after spending more than two years behind bars for third-degree burglary, allegedly attacked a 24-year-old woman and her mother Thursday afternoon as the two walked into their West 78th Street apartment near West End Avenue, authorities said.
The younger woman had noticed that the front door of the five-story building was open as she left for the gym at around 10:20 a.m. and closed it before leaving, sources said.
When she returned back to the home roughly an hour later she saw Omolukun, who was wearing Army fatigues, sitting on the steps of the building, according to sources.
About two hours later, the young woman left the home with her 53-year-old mom to go clothes shopping and her father, 52, stayed at the residence, sources said.
When the mother and daughter arrived back at the home later that afternoon they encountered the suspect inside the building, sources said. By then the father had already left.
Omolukun then pushed the pair, threatening them both with a knife, according to sources, who added that Omolukun grabbed the daughter and held the blade at her neck.
The suspect then forced them into their fourth-floor apartment and tied them up with electrical tape and string, according to police.
The brute ransacked the apartment, looking for credit cards and even called a bank to check the balance of one account, sources said.
Omolukun’s vicious heist was interrupted when the father of the young woman knocked on the door.
The suspect untied the daughter, held a knife to her head and forced her to answer the door, according to sources.
The father saw the knife and was told he would be hurt if he tried anything, sources said.
When the father got inside the home, Omolukun immediately tied him up as well, this time with a belt, sources said.
Omolukun then fled then home with an undisclosed amount of cash and credit and debit cards, but before he did, he threatened to kill the family if they did anything while he was gone, sources said.
After he left, the daughter managed to get free and called 911.
She gave a description of the attacker, which led to his arrest minutes later nearby on Riverside Drive, police said.
NYPD Chief of Manhattan Detectives William Aubrey said at a press conference Friday that two cops, identified as Officers James Banzer and Kelvin Cruz, chased Omulukin for a block before they tackled him.
“They get him down, and he would not put his hands behind his back. He was defiant. He spit on them. So they used the Taser to try to get him to cooperate,” Aubrey said.
Of the crime, Aubrey said, “It was terrible what occurred. We had three people tied up in their home, and this individual is going through their home, taking their debit cards, threatening to kill them if the pin numbers weren’t correct.”
Police recovered two knives from Omolukun and the stolen items upon his arrest, sources said.
Sources say Omolukun had been living at the Fort Washington Men’s Shelter on West 168th Street.
The Washington Heights shelter houses “200 mentally-ill men, many of whom also cope with addiction,” according to the shelter’s Web site.
Following his arrest, Omolukun was taken to Bellevue Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation because he was “acting erratically,” police said.
He was hit with a slew of charges in connection to the attack Friday including, robbery, burglary, grand larceny, kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment, criminal possession of stolen property, criminal possession of a weapon and resisting arrest, cops said.
Omolukun has 12 prior arrests on his record, including ones for robbery, burglary and assault, authorities said.
Aubrey noted that cops had linked Omolukun to one additional burglary in Manhattan from December.
Omolukun previously served five years in state prison on a robbery bust from July 2008 to November 2013, records show.
Meanwhile, the 24-year-old victim told The Post Friday that her family “is just trying to process” the horrific incident.
“We are moving out,” she said. “I do not know when.”
The young woman added: “I’ve been through this before because I’m from Colombia.”
She said the front doors to the building do lock, “but I don’t know why [other residents] leave them open.”
*Omolukun came to this country from Nigeria, and despite his numerous arrests and convictions for serious crimes, he was never placed into deportation proceedings. Whether or not, the blame lies with the federal government or with officials in the ‘sanctuary city’ of New York, is not known as this time.