The incident occurred Wednesday around 3:30 p.m in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY.
A 91-year-old man died and his 100-year-old wife was injured during a home invasion in New York City on Wednesday.
Cops plan to have Ethlin Thompson recreate for them what happened as soon as she's well enough to return home from the hospital..
Neighbor Paul Paterson, 55, says Mrs Thompson came running up to him and he noticed rope burns on her legs.
"She said somebody just tied me and my husband up and robbed us and said please use your phone", he said.
The home was ransacked, and the robbers had fled.
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The couple's niece, Karlene Grose, told NBC New York she was watching the news, saw her aunt and uncle's home on the screen and realized her uncle had been killed by the burglars. Police found no obvious sign of forced entry into the home. Investigators are looking for four male suspects and inspecting local surveillance footage for clues in the case. Ethlin Thompson would often give out money to people in need.
The Thompsons were landlords and PIX 11 reported that the intruders may have been after money the couple collected from their tenants. It's possible that the intruders knew the couple, since the invasion does not appear to be random, they said.
Following the invasion, Ethlin somehow freed herself and ran out of the home calling for help, witnesses said.
Police believe Waldiman died sometime during the crime, but it's not clear how, according to the Post.
He also added that Ethlin had mentioned that she had lost the key to her lockbox and was planning to call a locksmith. The Brooklyn Borough President is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction. "This godly and big-hearted couple suffered a truly godless and heartless attack that has struck a blow deep in the soul of Brooklyn".