NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The search is on for a pack of thieves who police say tied up an aged couple and ransacked their condominium in a violent residence invasion theft that left a ninety one-yr-previous man lifeless and his one hundred-yr-previous spouse within the hospital.
Police stated Waldiman Thompson and his spouse, Ethlin, have been focused by a gaggle of thieves who adopted them into their floor flooring house on Decatur Road round three:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The couple owns the constructing and collects lease from tenants. Sources inform CBS2 the thieves have been probably looking for a big sum of money.
As soon as the suspects left, Ethlin wiggled free from her restraints and referred to as police.
“The officers entered the condominium and located her ninety one-yr-previous husband tied up and mendacity on the ground and he was unresponsive,” NYPD Deputy Chief Michael Kemper stated.
“Once I got here out I noticed them bringing him out on a stretcher they usually have been pumping his chest,” neighbor Lawrence Reynolds stated.
Video from the scene confirmed Mrs. Thompson inside an ambulance, being handled on the scene for minor accidents. Police on the time stated she didn’t know her husband was lifeless.
The couple’s household returned to the crime scene Wednesday night time, devastated and nonetheless in shock.
“Oh my god, Waldiman Thompson he doesn’t need to die like this and this brutality that they did to him, it’s horrible,” stated the sufferer’s niece, Karlene Grose, who final noticed her uncle at a household gathering over the weekend. “Whoever did one thing like this, they need to be punished actual exhausting.”
Neighbors stated the couple had lived of their brownstone for many years.
“They’re so previous and whenever you see them they appear timid,” stated neighbor Denise Allen.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is providing a $1,000 reward for info resulting in an arrest and indictment within the case. He’s additionally reaching out to the group to assist pay for the sufferer’s funeral.
“There are not any phrases to correctly seize the outrage our group is experiencing over the demise of Waldiman Thompson,” Adams stated. “This godly and large-hearted couple suffered a very godless and heartless assault that has struck a blow deep within the soul of Brooklyn. Their tragedy is a tragedy for us all.”
Waldiman Thompson’s explanation for demise stays underneath investigation. It’s unclear whether or not he was bodily crushed or died from coronary heart issues.