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Man, 91, dies, 100-year-old wife hurt in home invasion

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 10/12/2017 Matthew Diebel
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A 91-year-old man was fatally injured in front of his 100-year-old wife when he was hog-tied during a home invasion in Brooklyn, N.Y., police said.

Waldiman and Ethlin Thompson were in their house in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood when four men broke in on Wednesday afternoon, tied up the couple and ransacked several rooms, according to local media.

Ethlin was able to free herself and alert authorities, the New York Post reported, but her husband was found unresponsive inside their home. He was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A neighbor told the Post he saw Ethlin moments after she fled her home.

“I come walking up the block from work and she came running out the house screaming,” Paul Paterson, 55, told the paper. “This was the first time I ever saw her screaming. She said, ‘They robbed me and my husband and tied us up, they came in from the back. My husband laying there and might be dead.’ I said I can’t go in there because it would be a crime scene.”

Waldiman, 91, and Ethlin Thompson, 100, were the victims of a home invasion in Brooklyn, N.Y. © NYPD Waldiman, 91, and Ethlin Thompson, 100, were the victims of a home invasion in Brooklyn, N.Y. Paterson said he saw rope burns on the woman’s legs. “She used my phone to call the police,” he added.

"Officers entered the apartment and found her husband tied up, lying on the floor, and he was unresponsive," NYPD Deputy Police Chief Michael Kemper told local TV station WABC.

Kemper told reporters that officers performed CPR on Thompson before he was rushed to hospital.

"We're treating this as a homicide home invasion robbery," Kemper told the New York Daily News.

Neighbors told the Post that Ethlin was a retired nurse who previously worked with the mentally impaired. She and Waldiman had immigrated from Jamaica.

“She ran a home for people with advanced mental [handicaps] out of her house in the ‘80s,” Tiffany Baptiste, a longtime resident, told the paper. “She used to take care of my great-grandmother.”

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