A 91-year-old man dies during burglary in home

Henrietta Brewer
October 13, 2017

His 100-year-old wife, Ethlin Thompson, was treated for superficial marks to her legs and arms, consistent with being tied up.

Waldiman Thompson and his wife, Ethlin lived in their Bedford-Stuyvesant brownstone in NYC for decades, but on Wednesday October 11, 2017, at about 3:15 p.m., four men broke into their home on Decatur St. near Marcus Garvey Blvd. There were no signs of forced entry. Meanwhile, the area is covered with surveillance cameras, and detectives hope that the footage will give them some clues. "She came out running and screaming".

"The officers entered the apartment and found her 91-year-old husband tied up and lying on the floor and he was unresponsive", NYPD Deputy Chief Michael Kemper said. "She keeps asking for him".

"I thought it was a gunshot initially".

No arrests have been made yet and the investigation is ongoing.

The Thompsons were landlords and PIX 11 reported that the intruders may have been after money the couple collected from their tenants. While the thieves rummaged through the home, the frail Ethlin somehow escaped her bonds and ran from the house. Police at the time said she didn't know her husband was dead.

Delroy noted that family members, including himself, were in town the day before the home invasion for a family reunion at his sister's house in The Bronx. Inside the home, they found Waldiman still tied and unconscious.

He said he tried to persuade his father and stepmother to move closer to him in Tamarac, FL.

'He came to see his sister because my mom is critically ill and he wanted to see her before she died, and now he died before her, ' Grose told NY1. "She said she forgives whoever done this", Dorene Hunter said.

Meanwhile, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams announced Thursday that he's putting up $1,000 for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspects. "Their tragedy is a tragedy for us all", Adams said in a statement.

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