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Town of Newburgh police investigate violent home invasion

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Two Town of Newburgh senior citizens are in the hospital, following a violent home invasion over the weekend. YNN's John Wagner has the story.

NEWBURGH, N.Y. -- It sounds like a nightmare. Town of Newburgh police say early Sunday morning, two or more masked men in their twenties broke into a home occupied by two 70 year olds.

Officers say the young men held the couple captive for more than a half hour, repeatedly pistol whipping them in the head and face with their hand guns.

"This is particularly brutal," said Town of Newburgh's Deputy Chief Bruce Campbell. "We believe that they basically were beating them and in a sense, torturing them, into telling them where valuables were in the home."

The men stole a large sum of cash before fleeing in the victim's car. The senior citizens were taken to St. Luke's emergency room before being transferred to Westchester Medical Center.

"The victims had multiple contusions and lacerations to the face. They were pretty severely beaten," said Campbell.

"It's awful. How could you do that to someone who's paid their dues?" said Melissa Vega, a neighbor.

Vega and her two boxer guard dogs live just down the block from the home invasion. She moved from the City of Newburgh to the town a month ago to get away from crime.

"I usually leave my dogs locked up, but not after this," said Vega. "I mean, anything can happen."

The upscale neighborhood sits less than a mile from the city, with a few streets lined with mansions, fences and a sense of security.

"This type of neighborhood, nice houses, there's got to be nice gifts under the tree and that definitely would make this area a target," said Vega.

The stolen car was found in the City of Newburgh, but the suspects are still on the loose. Police are asking anyone with information to call (845) 564-1100.

"We don't believe that this is a completely random act," continued Deputy Chief Campbell. "However, we are investigating every possible angle of it."

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