Elderly man dies after being tied up, robbed during home invasion

The location of a deadly home invasion in Brooklyn New York

The location of a deadly home invasion in Brooklyn New York

The 99-year-old Ethlin Brumley Thompson was able to escape while the burglars tossed her home, and got away to call 911.

The suspects targeted the woman first - creeping up behind her, throwing a blanket over her head and tying her up with a cord - before doing the same to her husband.

Ethline Thompson, who managed to untie herself, ran outside and alerted authorities. Her injuries are not serious, police say.

When officers arrived, they said they found the home ransacked, and the husband tied up on the floor and unresponsive. His cause of death was not immediately clear.

The couple's family said it was heartbroken by the incident. He was like a father to me. Investigators remained on the scene Thursday morning.

Medics took his victim to Woodhull Hospital, where he was treated and released. Officers were going door-to-door asking neighbors if they saw anything, and crime scene tape surrounded the brownstone as detectives scoured for clues, including surveillance video. According to police, she was confused and did not know her husband had died.

"I thought it was a gunshot initially". "From in the neighborhood, they are just saying basically, that they were robbed and the gentleman had a heart attack".

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