The suspects, described as two black men in their 40s to 50s, entered an apartment building at 7th Avenue and West 111 Street around 7:15 a.m. Monday, then waited outside the unit of a 29-year-old woman, authorities said.
When the woman opened her door to leave with her 9-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter, the men pushed past them into the apartment and brandished a gun, police said. The woman screamed, waking a 33-year-old man who was sleeping in another room.
Authorities said he got into a scuffle with the two men, who beat him with the weapon.
The woman and her kids were unharmed sources said.
The first suspect was described as 5 feet 10 inches tall and 220 pounds, with a medium complexion and salt and pepper hair. He was last seen wearing a gray coat, gray hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and black shoes.
The second man was described as 5 feet 10 inches tall and 220 pounds, with a medium complexion, as well. He was last seen wearing a black coat, black hooded jacket, black jeans, black hat and black shoes.
Photo credit: Police are searching for two home invasion suspects they say pistol-whipped a man in front of a woman and her two children in Harlem. (Credit: NYPD)