"There are no words to properly capture the outrage our community is experiencing over the death of Waldiman Thompson, a 91-year-old resident of Decatur Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant who, along with his 100-year-old wife Ethlin, were the victim of a deadly home invasion", Adams said. Karlene Grose, the couple's niece said, "Oh my god". NY1 reports that he died of a heart attack.
According to MSN.com, 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.
They rummaged through the home and fled. Police say that so far there have been no signs of forced entry.
Ethlin Brumley Thompson, 99, was able to escape while the burglars tossed her home, and got away to call 911.
By the time paramedics arrived, the intruders were gone, and Waldiman was found unresponsive on the floor of his home, still tied up.
Investigators believe he may have died of shock, because he had no other injuries, according to ABC's NY station WABC. Ethlin Thompson was taken to Kings County Hospital with rope burns but was expected to survive, the NYPD said. According to her brother Garfied Bringle, Ethlin Thompson was known to give out money to people in need.
Investigators have collected very clear videos of the suspects near where the home invasion occurred and are confident that an arrests are imminent, police sources said.
"The cause of death is sudden cardiac death following home invasion with robbery and restraint in a person with hyptertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease", said Dr. Barbara Sampton, of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
The Thompson's reportedly lived in their brownstone for decades and were staples in the neighborhood.
"I thought it was a gunshot initially".
"She came running out but she never ran to me like this", Paul Peterson of Bed-Stuy said.