EAST FLATBUSH — A man woke up Friday morning to find a group of robbers beating his 68-year-old aunt to death with a hammer in their apartment, sources said.
The nephew, 40, awoke at 3 a.m. to find two men and a woman in the apartment he shared with Brenda Ramos at their Kings Highway near 95th Street, police and sources said.
He watched as they beat his aunt on the head with the hammer until she collapsed then wrapped a sweater around his own head and hit him with a silver hammer, police and sources said.
The attackers grabbed Alexander’s wallet, $50 and PlayStation before fleeing the apartment, according to sources.
Alexander had blood on the back of his jacket when emergency responders put him in an ambulance, according to Belinda Davis, 56, who lives on the first floor.
Davis saw the responders bring Ramos out of the building about 30 minutes later, she said.
"They were working on her. They were on top of her, trying to work on her heart," Davis said.
"I said, 'Officer, is she alright?' And the officer said, 'No,'" she added
First responders found Ramos unconscious and pronounced her dead at Brookdale Hospital, police said.
Alexander treated for injuries related to a severe beating at the same hospital but listed in stable condition, police and sources said.
Building Super Ephrain Rodriguez said the aunt and nephew had lived together for the past three years.
Davis called Ramos “Ma” and said Alexander had always been helpful to her.
"He would help me with my cart if I was shopping," she said.
Ramos has 18 prior arrests that are primarily drug-related and Alexander had a list of priors that includes kidnapping, abduction and criminal impersonation, sources said.
The suspects fled the scene and weren't immediately arrested, police said.