Mr Thompson's niece Karlene Grose says she saw her uncle last Sunday, when he visited her to say goodbye to her terminally ill mom.
"When I saw that, 'Oh my God, '" she said. "I didn't talk about the situation".
"She came running out but she never ran to me like this", Paul Peterson of Bed-Stuy said.
Waldiman Thompson and his 100-year-old wife, Ethline Thompson, were sitting in their home when a group of unknown intruders broke in and ransacked the place, according to police.
Paterson described the couple as loving people, and said he saw rope burns on the woman's legs while speaking to her.
Police say at approximately 3:30pm yesterday, officers responded to a call at a residence located on Decatur Street near Marcus Garvey Boulevard. 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. Authorities are continuing to review the surveillance footage; it's possible it may be released later Thursday as cops turn to the public for help tracking down the suspects. "I am suspicious because my stepmother would always lock the doors when anyone would leave the house".
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The couple owns the building and collects rent from tenants. While the thieves rummaged through the home, the frail Ethlin somehow escaped her bonds and ran from the house. An autopsy found Waldiman Thompson died of sudden cardiac arrest in a person with hypertension and atherosclerotic (cardiovascular disease).
Family members think the burglars were looking for cash, according to the New York Daily News.
"She said somebody just tied me and my husband up and robbed us and said please use your phone", he said.
He said he tried to persuade his father and stepmother to move closer to him in Tamarac, FL. "She said she forgives whoever done this", Dorene Hunter said. The Brooklyn Borough President is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.
It's possible the attackers knew the couple, according to the News.