NEW YORK — A 91-year-old man died during a terrifying push-in robbery after he and his 100-year-old wife were knocked to the ground and tied up in their own home by a gang of craven robbers.
Police said four men forced their way inside the Brooklyn home of Ethlin and Waldiman Thompson in broad daylight on Wednesday afternoon, throwing a blanket over her head and tying him up by his arms and legs.
As the thieves ransacked the home, the wife, Ethlin, managed to wriggle free and escaped out into the street pleading for help from neighbors and passersby who called police.
When officers arrived, the thieves had fled. They found Waldiman Thompson unconscious and still bound. Officers called for an ambulance and performed CPR while they waited, but the man was declared dead at a nearby hospital.
“We’re treating this incident as a home invasion homicide, ” NYPD Deputy Chief Michael Kemper said.
Neighbors described the elderly couple — who had immigrated from Jamaica decades ago — as fixtures in the area, who were deeply religious and had once turned their house into a home for the functionally disabled.