Bronx man pleads guilty to violent Pelham Manor home invasion

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A Bronx man who held a family at gun point while attempting to burglarize their Pelham Manor home in 2019 has pled guilty to attempted burglary in the Second Degree.

Westchester County District Attorney Miriam E. Rocah announced this in a statement on Tuesday.

According the statement, Rick Scocozza pled guilty on August 10 to Attempted Burglary in the Second Degree, a Class C Felony.

“Scocozza, a persistent violent felony offender, faces a sentence ranging from a minimum of 12 years to life to a maximum of 25 years to life in state prison.

“On August 22, 2019, Scocozza entered a family’s Jackson Avenue home in Pelham Manor through the garage and held two members of the household at gun point while demanding they give him money.

“When Scocozza ordered the victims to take him to a different area of the home to obtain more items, a third member of the household attacked the defendant, causing Scocozza to drop the gun,” the statement reads.

It adds, “One victim picked up the gun, ran out of the house, threw it into a nearby bush and called the police as Scocozza was held down. Pelham Manor Police arrested Scocozza and recovered the gun, which they discovered was a BB gun.

“Police also recovered a backpack, which Scocozza wore during the incident, filled with duct tape, zip ties, and a pillowcase. Scocozza, who was also wearing camouflaged face paint, had parked his car near the house where police found his face paint inside, along with a receipt for it.”

“Being threatened in one’s own home with a gun is traumatizing. Rick Scocozza caused this family pain and torment when he entered their home that night,” DA Rocah said.

“I commend these victims for their bravery in such a frightening situation and I applaud the work of the Pelham Manor Police Department for acting quickly to get and keep this dangerous person off the street.”

The case is before Judge Barry Warhit in Westchester County Court and is being prosecuted by Major Case Bureau Deputy Chief Jonathan Strongin. Scocozza is scheduled to be sentenced on January 11, 2022.

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