Relatives of a senior marking his 78th birthday in hospital Monday fear brutal home invaders targeted him and his wife for Christmas cash intended for their grandchildren.
The couple was sleeping early Saturday when two men burst into their home around 4:30 a.m., daughter-in-law Nadia Iantorno told QMI Agency, asking that the seniors' names not be published.
The intruders demanded cash and jewelry, then forced the couple onto a floor and tied them with clothing, police said.
Before fleeing, one thug pounded the man's face with his fists, Det.-Const. Steve Blenkhorn said.