That is what investigators are trying to figure out. "He grew me up in Jamaica", says Karlene Grose.
The 99-year-old Ethlin Brumley Thompson was able to escape while the burglars tossed her home, and got away to call 911. Waldiman Thompson is now dead.
Police responded to their home on Decatur Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant around 3:30 p.m. after receiving a 911 call from the wife who had managed to untie herself. Police are searching for four men.
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"The officers entered her apartment and found her 91-year-old husband tied up and lying on the floor", NYPD Deputy Chief Michael Kemper said at a press conference. Sources say one suspect came up from behind 100-year-old Ethline Thompson and threw a blanket over her head before tying the couple up. The shattered vase cut open the victim's scalp, leaving a large gash, police said.
The husband died from possible injuries he sustained during the violent break-in in Bedford-Stuyvesant Tuesday afternoon, according to police.
The wife, Ethlin Thompson, was treated for superficial marks on her arms and legs. "Fun-loving people. Everybody loved them", said the victim's brother, Garfield Pringle. Crime scene tape surrounded the brownstone as detectives scoured for clues, including surveillance video.