Residents of a Bronx building are
outraged after getting an unexpected morning "greeting"
yesterday from a police drug squad, which burst into their
homes, waved guns at children and then left after finding
"At 7:50 a.m., they burst down the door to the building,"
said Joe Celcis, a teacher whose mother and sister live in the
"After an hour and a half, they said, 'Sorry wrong house,'
The cops were armed with a warrant that allowed them to
search all the units at 3629 Olinville Ave., a four-family
They smashed open a door, handcuffed several people and put
a gun in the face of 12-year-old Jennifer Espady before going
though everyone's belongings, witnesses said.
"They came in with guns drawn and pushed me," Jennifer
The cops were looking for two handguns, a pile of marijuana
and evidence of a pot-selling operation. They found nothing.
An NYPD spokesperson said that cops stand by their decision
to raid the building, and noted that two simultaneous raids in
the same neighborhood both uncovered drug dealing and led to
The spokesperson said the information that led them to 3629
Olinville Ave. was "accurate," unlike a May 16 raid in which a
bogus tip led cops to the home of 57-year-old church volunteer
Alberta Spruill, who died of a heart attack after a stun
grenade was tossed into her home.
In The Bronx last night the Olinville Avenue residents
insisted there has never been any drug activity there - and
they want compensation.
"I want the city to pay," said Jennifer's mom, Amerite.
"How can a 12-year-old forget having a gun pointed at her?
She was treated like she was in Iraq."