Brooklyn home invasion leaves man, 91, dead and wife injured, NYPD says

Cops patrolling the station in Bedford Stuyvesant broke up the fight and took Williams into custody charging him with assault

After the suspects left, the woman was able to untie herself and call 911.

"Oh my god, Waldiman Thompson he doesn't deserve to die like this and this brutality that they did to him, it's bad", said the victim's niece, Karlene Grose, who last saw her uncle at a family gathering over the weekend.

According to, the 100-year-old wife told the officers that approximately four unknown people followed her into her ground-floor apartment and tied up her and her husband before ransacking their home. EMS transported him to Interfaith Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The wife, Ethlin Thompson, was treated for superficial marks on her arms and legs.

Investigators believe he may have died of shock, because he had no other injuries, according to ABC's NY station WABC.

Family friend Tiffany Baptiste spoke with the outlet and said in 1980, the couple, who immigrated to America from Jamaica, opened their home to the functionally disabled.

"Oh my god. It breaks my heart to see my uncle died".

The Thompsons were landlords and PIX 11 reported that the intruders may have been after money the couple collected from their tenants.

Neighbors and friends of the victims describe the couple as friendly and known by everyone on the street.

The suspects were reportedly caught on surveillance tape and one of the men appeared to be carrying a small box, while another one had a bakcpack.

"She's a loving person", her brother Garfield Bringle said, according to the News. "He was like a father to me", Karlene Grose, Waldiman Thompson's niece, told WABC Wednesday.

At this point, police say there are no clear signs of forced entry into the home, but they believe that multiple people somehow made their way inside.

"They're so old and when you see them they look timid", said neighbor Denise Allen. It's possible that the intruders knew the couple, since the invasion does not appear to be random, they said.



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