They came looking for cash, but a team of heartless burglars took something far more valuable during a terrifying Brooklyn home invasion Wednesday — the life of a beloved 91-year-old man, police said.
Waldiman Thompson and his wife, Ethlin, 100, lived in their Bedford-Stuyvesant brownstone for decades, greeted neighbors on their block with “Have a blessed day!” and, years past, took in the disabled.
On Wednesday, at about 3:15 p.m., the couple received sinister, unwanted visitors.
Four men broke into the couple’s three-story home on Decatur St. near Marcus Garvey Blvd., threw a blanket over Ethlin Thompson’s head and tied the pair both up, she told police, sources said.
The thieves tied her husband up by his arms and legs and bound her by the legs, before they started rummaging through the home.
Ethlin Thompson managed to free herself and ran screaming from the home after the creeps left, then called 911.
Police got the 911 call at about 3:30 p.m., said NYPD Deputy Chief Michael Kemper, the commanding officer of Brooklyn North.
“We’re treating this as a homicide home invasion robbery,” Kemper said.
Cops found Thompson tied up and unconscious. They tried to perform CPR on him before an ambulance took him to Interfaith Medical Center, where he died at 4:20 p.m., Kemper said.
Investigators are looking at video footage of two men walking along Decatur St., holding what looks like a bag, and think they may be involved in the robbery, sources said.
Police have also taken a man into custody for questioning, but it’s not clear if he’ll be charged.
Cops are looking into whether the pair knew their attackers, since investigators found no obvious sign of forced entry, law enforcement sources said.
The Thompsons, who owned the brownstone, immigrated to New York from Jamaica, Henderson said.