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OUTRAGE OVER NEW WRONG-DOOR BLUNDER BY POLICE
By ERIKA MARTINEZ and ED ROBINSON

May 23, 2003 -- 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 nothing.

"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 home.

"After an hour and a half, they said, 'Sorry wrong house,' and left."

The cops were armed with a warrant that allowed them to search all the units at 3629 Olinville Ave., a four-family apartment building.

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 said.

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 seven arrests.

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."


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