FLORAL PARK - A Floral Park man was shocked to discover the suspect wanted in more than two dozen knifepoint robberies across Long Island and Queens asleep on his living room couch.
Bill O'Keefe has lived in his Floral Park home for 50 years. He says it's a safe neighborhood - so much so that he keeps his back door unlocked, but that will no longer be the case.
After being startled, O'Keefe says the suspect, identified by police as Khalif House of Hempstead, ran out his back door. The homeowner called 911, but says at the time he had no idea that House was the person allegedly responsible for the string of robberies.
The 911 call sparked a massive search in the area and resulted in House's capture after 11 a.m. Wednesday.
Authorities say the suspect has been involved in 27 holdups in Queens and Nassau and Suffolk counties.