State Police arrested four local teenagers they say forced their way into a Tivoli apartment, robbing those inside and threatening to kill them. As YNN's John Wagner tells us, the violent crime has shaken a quiet neighborhood.
TIVOLI, N.Y. -- Miles Jayne says he awoke Sunday before five in the morning to find three teenagers in his room, holding a handgun, a rifle and a cattle prod. He recognized one of the guys.
"I said ‘I know you’ and he told me, ‘yeah, well we run Tivoli’ and he held a gun to my face," said Jayne who moved to Tivoli three months ago to work as a musician. "It was surreal, it really was. I thought it was part of a dream."
The four young adults living at the bachelor pad, including a Bard student, say they were taken hostage while the teens ransacked the house, stealing two laptops, cell phones, a PS3 and a few grams of marijuana.
"They told us to stay on the couch for five minutes and not to call the police or they would come back and kill us," said Jayne.
An hour after they left, the victims called the police. All four suspects, local kids, were arrested later the same day: Joseph Pasqualina, 17, Andrew Graffia, 19, and Justin Small, 19, all from Red Hook, and Cameron Tondini, 18, of Tivoli. They all are being held at Dutchess County Jail on $50,000 bail.
"From the point that they walked into my room until they left, I thought my life was in danger," said Jayne.
"Four teenagers made an error in judgment and committed a serious crime and they'll have to face the consequences of that," said Michael Hoyt, an investigator for the New York State Police. "I wouldn't necessarily say that the residents of Tivoli need to be concerned that it'll happen to them."
Hoyt believes this is an isolated incident that just happened to occur in the quiet village of Tivoli.
All four suspects have been charged with first degree robbery. If convicted, they face a minimum of five years in prison, up to 25.
"Which I think is well deserved and I think them serving time in prison may prevent a future murder," said Jayne.
"If you make a dumb decision like that and you commit a serious crime like that, understand that it can affect the rest of your life," said Hoyt.