3 arrested after standoff; cops eye link to home invasion

After the gunmen fled their house, the family drove to the fire station to report the crime.

After the gunmen fled their house, the family drove to the fire station to report the crime. (8/5/16)

SELDEN - Three people were arrested following an hourslong standoff in Selden Thursday, and police are investigating if the suspects are linked to a violent home invasion in Farmingville.

Authorities say gunmen broke into and ransacked a home on Chestnut Avenue, terrorizing a family of three. Neighbors say the family owns a jewelry store.

The homeowner told News 12 that one of the men put a gun in his face, saying they were after jewelry and cash.

After the gunmen fled their house, the family drove to the fire station to report the crime.

Minutes later, a few miles away in Selden, armed gunmen barricaded themselves in a house with a woman and a 2-year-old child inside. They held police at bay until 7 a.m., when SWAT police entered and rescued the hostages.

Suffolk Police Commissioner Tim Sini says officers found two suspects hiding in a crawl space.

A total of three suspects were eventually removed from the house and arrested. The homeowner said there was a fourth gunmen that was not in custody.

Sini said that the incident remains an "active investigation."

Suffolk police did not confirm that the two crime scenes were related.

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