The burglaries that set off a manhunt in the Town of Deerpark weren't random. Our Eva McKend spoke with the town's supervisor and one young man who says the suspects intentionally went after him.
TOWN OF DEERPARK, N.Y. - "They were just like banging on the door, banging on the door for like 15 to 20 minutes. Then they kicked the door in," said Jerome Bethea.
It was a terrifying scenario in the Town of Deerpark when four young men were trying to break into a Sparrowbush home. But it wasn't an ordinary burglary, one young man says the group of four were targeting him.
"My mom and my sister were petrified. They were crying and stuff like that. I knew because I affiliated myself with them and being around them, I knew what I was getting myself into so I accepted my consequences, but my mother and my sister, they shouldn't have come to my house," said Bethea.
The 19-year-old won't reveal why he was targeted.
The incident set off a manhunt, with police eventually arresting four men.
19-year-old Trayquan Lee of Port Jervis, a 15-year-old also from Port Jervis, 19-year-old Raheem McKinoon, and 20-year-old John Shortt, both from the Bronx, were all charged with burglary and criminal use of a firearm by State Police.
"There was a massive manhunt for them and they were apprehended by the State Police over on Neversink Drive," said Karl Brabenec, Town of Deerpark Supervisor.
Police say the men fled Bethea's home when they realized someone was calling the cops.
During the chase, police say a puppy was thrown from a car.
Police say that puppy was stolen earlier in the day from Pennsylvania, along with a 55 inch television, which was also recovered.
Though the victims in the Town of Deerpark did spot a gun during the time of the burglary, that gun has still not been recovered by police.
"I mean, justice is going to get served. They kicked down the wrong door," said Bethea.