TORONTO - Louis Romuldi says he will never open his door to strangers again.
The 57-year-old resident of a subsidized housing complex on Harbord St., east of Bathurst St., said he was threatened with a knife and robbed on July 30 after he allowed a man and woman who falsely claimed they knew him into his apartment.
“Police said I was targeted,” added Romuldi, who is half blind and suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. “The apartment people are blaming this on me because I let the thief in. I got a lot of blows to my head. I didn’t expect this to happen. I thought it was someone who actually knew me.”
Police believe this woman and man are behind a violent home invasion in Toronto. (Toronto Police Handouts)
Toronto Police released surveillance video pictures Tuesday of the home invasion suspects captured at a sporting goods store where police said they used Romuldi’s debit and credit cards in a $2,400 shopping spree.
“The disturbing fact about this home invasion is the victims are residing in community housing, which caters to individuals with history of mental illness and others in the vulnerable section,” Staff-Insp. Mike Earl said.
“It’s not usual course of home invasions where we usually have entrepreneurs or self-employed drug traffickers that are the targets. These are vulnerable people with no connection with criminal activity, to my knowledge.”
Shortly before 10 p.m. July 30, the suspects entered Romuldi’s basement apartment where he was entertaining his girlfriend, Dagney, 44, and their friend Erika, 59. Romuldi was only alerted to the suspicious nature of the visit when one of his friends confirmed they didn’t know the strangers.
That’s when Romuldi said he was punched in the face by the man who then held a kitchen knife to his nose, demanding his bank cards and pin numbers.
“I didn’t resist,” Romuldi said. “I’m not trained in combat. He said something like, ‘Are you a redneck?’ He put the knife on my nose, he punches me and I told him, ‘Take the damn wallet.’”