Oct 12, 2017, 2:09 AM ET

91-year-old Brooklyn man dies, 100-year-old wife injured after home robbery

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A 91-year-old Brooklyn man died on Wednesday after a group of robbers broke into his home and tied him up, police said.

Waldiman Thompson and his 100-year-old wife, Ethline Thompson, were sitting in their home when a group of unknown intruders broke in and ransacked the place, according to police. The suspects threw a blanket over her head and then tied up both of the elderly residents, according to police.

Ethline Thompson, who managed to untie herself, ran outside and alerted authorities. Police arrived to find her husband unresponsive on the floor.

PHOTO: Waldiman Thompson, 91, and his wife, Ethline Thompson, 100, who were robbed in their Brooklyn home on Wednesday. WABC
Waldiman Thompson, 91, and his wife, Ethline Thompson, 100, who were robbed in their Brooklyn home on Wednesday.

Investigators believe he may have died of shock, because he had no other injuries, according to ABC's New York station WABC. The official cause of his death has not been determined.

The couple’s family said it was heartbroken by the incident.

"Oh my god. It breaks my heart to see my uncle died. He was like a father to me," Karlene Grose, Waldiman Thompson’s niece, told WABC Wednesday.

PHOTO: Police investigate a crime scene in Brooklyn, New York, where an elderly couple was robbed on Wednesday. WABC
Police investigate a crime scene in Brooklyn, New York, where an elderly couple was robbed on Wednesday.

Investigators said they are looking for four male suspects and watching surveillance footage for clues.

Ethline Thompson was taken to a nearby hospital where she was treated for minor rope burns. According to police, she was confused and did not know her husband had died.

A neighbor said he thought he heard a "loud boom" from the couple's apartment.

"I thought it was a gunshot initially. But it wasn't a gunshot," the neighbor said. "From in the neighborhood, they are just saying basically, that they were robbed and the gentleman had a heart attack."

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  • Nicholas Ingraham

    Ages 91 and 100 and living on their own? That in itself was incredible. Not sure how many years they spent together but at her age, I suspect she'll follow him soon enough. Heartbreaking.

  • truthhurts

    It's NOT a gun problem. Fault lies with whomever raised these POS's

  • getbackjack

    Live for 91 years to have some punks break in to your house, take your life, and steal a few bucks. Sickening.

  • Newsman670

    May the wife heal fast and may the husband rest in peace.

  • rightened

    It's as disgusting as when Rosa Parks was robbed. Or when one of the Red Tails had his car stolen and was then robbed while trying to get help. No respect left for senior citizens.

  • Imjustdone

    so sad, prime example of how low some members of our society will go... SMH

  • Propilotone

    RIP. Crime will find you in city like New York whether you in Times Square or your apartment home. From the video of the police looking more at their cellular telephones smiling and laughing than checking the crime scene and looking for evidence investigation will be going nowhere fast.

  • Daniel Jones

    Covering the couple with a blanket suggests to me the scum knew their victims and didn't want to be identified.

  • kissatek

    Only the severely depraved would target the elderly, tie them up? Four of them? Hopefully after being caught they face the most severe penalties topped with a crime of bias. The cowards targeted two folks that were clearly seen as easy prey and deserve no mercy.
    My most sincere condolences for the loss of Mr Thompson, rest peacefully sir.

  • Thomas

    I hope they catch these scum.

    Big brave master criminals