Brooklyn woman: Police were slow to respond as robbers threatene -

Brooklyn woman: Police were slow to respond as robbers threatened my daughter

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BROOKLYN, Ill. ( - An 84-year-old woman said police responded hours after two alleged home intruders robbed her at knife point Sunday night.

The home invasion started when two men reportedly approached Effie Newborn, requesting prayer.

Newborn said she and her daughter prayed with the men for nearly 30 minutes inside her Brooklyn, Illinois home. The moment turned violent when Newborn said one of the men pulled out a knife and threatened her daughter.

“He was going to cut her throat if she didn't give him the money she had,” said Newborn.

Police are still looking for the men accused of stealing several items from the home, including cash and a television.

After calling 911 six times and waiting for more than two hours, Newborn said a Brooklyn officer finally arrived.

News 4 contacted the Brooklyn Police Department and Mayor Vera Banks, but did not receive an explanation for the slow response time.

Brooklyn police are still undergoing a major overhaul following accusations of mishandling evidence. Now only a handful of officers serve on the force.

Village Trustee Mattie Roby said neighboring police should have stepped in for the understaffed Brooklyn department. Roby said police did not consider this incident an emergency, because Newborn did not call while the crime was in progress.

“That's just like if somebody is killing me,” said Roby. “What am I'm supposed to do? Tell them hold up a minute, let me call 911. Now you can go ahead and finish killing me.”

The investigation is ongoing, as police continue to search for the robbery suspects.
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