NEW YORK CITY — A teenage boy was arrested Friday for a Brownsville cellphone mugging that lead police to search the home where a Brooklyn father suffered a fatal heart attack, police said.
Stephon Foster, 16, approached the 21-year-old female victim about 5:35 a.m. Thursday, punched her in the face and made off with her iPhone, according to the official report.
The robbery took a fatal twist after Carlos Alcis, whose 15-year-old son was questioned by police in connection to the incident, died suddenly at his home. The suspect lived at the same address—379 Rockaway Parkway — but in a different apartment.
Police caught sight of the suspect entering the building during their initial investigation Thursday morning. They began searching the property, knocking on several apartment doors, including the basement rear apartment where Alcis, a father of eight children, lived.
There they questioned his son, Emmanuel Alcis, in connection to the incident, but let him go after the victim said he was not her assailant.
After the line up, the father experienced a fatal seizure, cops and family members said.
Police performed emergency CPR for 30 minutes, according to one neighbor, and even tried to use a defibrillator to revive the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene by EMS responders.
Alcis' wife and four of his other children protested the entry of police into their home, the New York Daily News reported.
But police said that Alcis had let them into the apartment and consented to his son being questioned.
The Alcis's family was expected to meet with their lawyer at the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Networks' Harlem office on Saturday morning to discuss the incident.
The investigation into what happened is ongoing, police said.