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Infant held at gunpoint after armed heist turns into hostage standoff; police say home was targeted

Police in New York City engaged in an hours-long hostage standoff overnight into Wednesday morning after two armed men stormed a home in Queens, New York.

According to WABC, the two suspects charged into the home in Richmond Hill on Tuesday night, and held the four women in the home and an infant child at gunpoint.

The suspects, identified as  35-year-old Tex Ortiz and 41-year-old Wilbert Wilson, reportedly believed that a 36-year-old man who lived in the home before his death at age 36 from cancer had kept a large sum of money there.

Sometime after the suspects stormed into the house, one of the women called 911. She and the infant were permitted to leave, but the suspects kept the remaining hostages in the home for hours as police tried to negotiate for the release of the hostages.

According to the report, the suspects at one point asked the police to bring them a pizza.

The suspects reportedly surrendered at just after 2 a.m. on Wednesday, and the remaining women were released, reportedly unharmed.

According to the report, the resident of the home who died in October had a criminal record.

The suspects are in custody awaiting charges.

This is a developing story. CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.

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