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2 Suspects Charged in Fatal Hammer Attack on 68-Year-Old Woman, NYPD Says

By Trevor Kapp | September 29, 2017 10:46am
 The victim suffered a heart attack and died after the East Flatbush home invasion, police said.
The victim suffered a heart attack and died after the East Flatbush home invasion, police said.
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BROOKLYN — Police arrested two suspects they say beat a 68-year-old woman with a hammer during a violent home-invasion robbery in East Flatbush last year.

Nia Williams, 17, and Nycoyan Mattocks, also 17, both entered Brenda Ramos’ apartment on Kings Highway near East 95th Street on Dec. 16 around 3 a.m. and beat her over the head with a hammer until she collapsed, the NYPD said.  

Ramos suffered a heart attack and died at Brookdale Hospital, officials said.

Her 40-year-old nephew was inside the apartment sleeping at the time and awoke to find the attackers setting upon his aunt before also being hit with the hammer, police sources said.

The robbers then stole his wallet, $50 and a PlayStation before fleeing, police sources added.

The nephew was taken to Brookdale Hospital in stable condition, police said.

Williams was arrested on Sept. 8, while Mattocks was arrested Thursday. They have both charged with murder and burglary.

Williams has one prior arrest for forgery, while Mattocks has 10 priors including for burglary and robbery, according to police. 

Williams was ordered held without bail during her arraignment in Brooklyn Criminal Court. Mattocks was awaiting arraignment Friday.

Police said they're still hunting for a third suspect.