Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Trio Pinched For Allegedly Breaking Into Home, Changing Locks, Holding House Hostage Claiming They Worked w/ Mortgagee; Refused To Allow Owners Into Their Own Home, Demanding They Sign Over Their Deed First

From the Office of the Queens County, New York District Attorney:
  • Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown [] announced that two Long Island brothers and a New Jersey man have been charged with breaking into a Jamaica Estates residence in April, changing the locks and refusing to allow the true homeowners to enter the premises until they transferred the deed of the house to the defendants.

    District Attorney Brown said, “In a truly bizarre case, the defendants are accused of breaking into a Queens residence and locking the true owners out, then forcing them to negotiate with the defendants if they wanted to gain access to their own home. If convicted, the defendants face lengthy time behind bars.”

    The District Attorney identified the defendants as Brandon, Sestoso, 33, his brother Chas Sestoso, 31, both of McAllester Avenue in Hicksville, and Jesse Kusinow, 32, of Howell, New Jersey.

    District Attorney Brown said that, according to the charges, the homeowner’s wife left her Grand Central Parkway residence on the morning of April 29, 2015, and when she returned that evening she discovered that the locks on her residence had been changed and the three defendants inside. The defendants allegedly informed her that they were working with the bank that held the mortgage on the property and that she could not gain access to the property unless she signed documents pertaining to the house.

    It is alleged that when the homeowner’s wife informed the defendants that her husband was the sole property owner and that he was in China, they had her call him. They allegedly told him that if he and his wife wanted to gain access to their house, he would have to sign some documents, which they e-mailed to him – including a deed transfer for the property. Although the husband allegedly signed and e-mailed several of the documents back to the defendants, he did not sign or send the deed transfer. As a result, the husband allegedly received numerous text messages and emails from the defendants requesting the signed deed transfer.

    The following day, the defendants allegedly gave the homeowner’s wife ten minutes to retrieve belongings from the first-floor of the house. When she entered the residences, she allegedly observed that the interior of her home had been ransacked.

    Finally, it is alleged that the homeowner returned to his residence with a locksmith on May 16, 2015, and removed all of the locks that the defendants had placed on the residence. Inside, the homeowner allegedly discovered the house to be in disarray and property to be missing, including jewelry, knives, cash and the deed and documents related to the ownership of his home.
Source: Trio Charged With Breaking Into Queens Home, Changing The Locks And Holding House Hostage From Owners (Defendants Allegedly Claimed To Work For Bank Holding Mortgage And Ordered Homeowner To Sign House Over To Them In Order To Gain Access To Their Belongings).

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