Cops: NE man helps beat, rob his grandmom

Po­lice say that a 94-year-old May­fair wo­man’s own grand­son was one of two men who took part in a bru­tal home in­va­sion rob­bery on Sunday morn­ing that res­ul­ted in the vic­tim’s hos­pit­al­iz­a­tion for treat­ment of cuts and bruises.

The at­tack oc­curred at about 10 a.m. on the 2800 block of Un­ruh Ave. Lt. Mi­chael Gross of North­east De­tect­ives re­por­ted that the vic­tim heard a knock at her front door and mis­took the vis­it­or for her grand­son, so she opened the door.

Once in­side, 31-year-old Chris­toph­er Brunkel, ad­dress un­known, de­man­ded cash and jew­elry, pushed the wo­man, slapped her face and punched her eye, Gross said. He al­legedly forced her onto a couch, put duct tape on her mouth and wrists and threatened her with a syr­inge.

The in­truder grabbed some jew­elry and fled to a wait­ing car. Po­lice be­lieve that the vic­tim’s grand­son, Gregory Drobish, 27, of the 3200 block of Tyson Ave., was be­hind the wheel of the get­away car.

Dur­ing the as­sault, Gross said, the wo­man’s med­ic­al alert device was ripped from her neck, trig­ger­ing an auto­mated 911 call at 10:05 a.m. Emer­gency re­spon­ders took the wo­man to Aria Health-Tor­res­dale, where she was ad­mit­ted in stable con­di­tion. 

Based on the vic­tim’s ini­tial sus­pi­cion that her grand­son was in­volved in the crime, po­lice went to his house soon after the rob­bery. Drobish and Brunkel were both there. Dur­ing a search of the prop­erty, po­lice al­legedly found the vic­tim’s purse and jew­elry, which turned out to be cos­tume pieces. little.

Drobish and Brunkel were charged with rob­bery, ag­grav­ated as­sault, burg­lary, un­law­ful re­straint, con­spir­acy and re­lated of­fenses. They re­main in jail, each in lieu of $1 mil­lion bail, and are sched­uled for a pre­lim­in­ary hear­ing on March 21. ••

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