BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — A 91-year-old man died after being tied up by a group of four men who pushed their way into his home during a robbery attempt Wednesday, NYPD officials said.
Waldiman Thompson was killed and his wife, Ethlin Thompson, 100, was also tied up inside the couple's home at 160 Decatur St., near Marcus Garvey Boulevard, during the home invasion about 3:30 p.m, police sources said.
The centenarian managed to untie herself and call 911, police said.
"This -year-old female further stated that unknown people entered her apartment, tied her and her husband up," NYPD Deputy Chief Michael Kemper, of the Detective Bureau of Booklyn North said.
She was taken to Kings County Hospital with rope burns, but was expected to survive.
Waldiman Thompson was taken to Interfaith Hospital nearby, but could not be saved. The cause of his death has not been determined.
The house was ransacked, but it wasn't immediately clear if anything was stolen.
The attackers hadn't been arrested as of Thursday morning, police said.
News of the attack on the elderly couple stunned neighbors.
"They've been living here for many years. I was shocked when I got home and heard! They're church people, I would see them walking around going to the laundromat. Why would you go in their house like that and do that? They're nice pleasant people! They don't interfere with nobody. They went out a lot," Paula Samaroo, who lives down the block, said.
I'm at the scene of a home invasion murder in Bed-stuy. Elderly man and woman tied up, the man died. Four suspects, police say pic.twitter.com/niRmtsBVVc— Noah Hurowitz (@NoahHurowitz) October 11, 2017