Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Search for suspects continues after elderly man dies in Brooklyn home invasion

Search for suspects continues after elderly man dies in Brooklyn home invasion

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is offering a reward for information in connection with a home invasion in Bedford-Stuyvesant that left a 91-year-old man dead and his 100-year-old wife in the hospital.

"She has not accepted the fact that my father has passed even though many people have already told her this", Delroy Thompson, 68, of Florida told The Post by phone Thursday about his heartbroken stepmother, Ethlin Thompson.

"To see my uncle go like this, someone has to be punished", Grose said. She said, 'They robbed me and my husband and tied us up, they came in from the back.

Paul Peterson told NBC4 he saw Ethlin fleeing the home and screaming for help. Sources say one suspect came up from behind 100-year-old Ethline Thompson and threw a blanket over her head before tying the couple up.

Ethlin freed herself and contacted authorities, but her husband was unable to do so, according to the Post.

It's unknown how he died, according to NBC4, but sources say the men may have beaten Waldiman to death. Investigators are looking for four male suspects and inspecting local surveillance footage for clues in the case.

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Ethline Thompson was taken to a nearby hospital where she was treated for minor rope burns.

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

The couple was a staple in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. According to police, she was confused and did not know her husband had died. "I am also making a call out to our community, particularly my fellow black men, to step in with the funds necessary to pay for Waldiman's funeral", he said.

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

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.

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