Police said Waldiman Thompson and his wife, Ethlin, were targeted by a group of thieves who followed them into their ground floor apartment on Decatur Street around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. 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.
Investigators say the home was ransacked but it's unclear if anything was stolen.
The couple's family said it was heartbroken by the incident. The wife is being treated for superficial marks to her legs consistent with being tied up.
Police say there were no signs of forced entry. "They're church people. I would see them walking around going to the laundromat".
Delroy said he asked detectives to "grill him to the ultimate".
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"I thought it was a gunshot initially".
The elderly couple owned the brownstone and collected rent from three tenants in the building.
Police eventually arrived and Ethlin told them her husband was still inside the house.
But Ethlin was able to escape, running out of the house and calling 911, according to Pix11. "My husband laying there and might be dead.' I said, 'I can't go in there because it would be a crime scene'".
A witness told NBC 4 NY that she frantically came running out of the home pleading for help.
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"My father wanted to come to Florida, but my stepmother would not accept it", Delroy said.
"He never left her side", she said.
Ethlin was also taken to the hospital for minor injuries, including rope burns.
Meanwhile, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams announced Thursday that he's putting up $1,000 for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspects. "This godly and big-hearted couple suffered a truly godless and heartless attack that has struck a blow deep in the soul of Brooklyn. Their tragedy is a tragedy for us all", Adams said in a statement.
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