Police have made another arrest in the Brooklyn home invasion that claimed the life of a 91-year-old man two weeks ago, an NYPD spokesman said.
Suzette K. Troutman, 45, of Brooklyn, was charged with second-degree murder, assault and robbery on Monday in connection with the death of Waldiman Thompson on Oct. 11, according to police. Troutman knew Thompson and his 100-year-old wife, Ethlin Thompson, but it was unclear what their relationship was, a law enforcement source said.
Troutman and Dwayne Blackwood, 27, are accused of storming into the Thompson's row house on Decatur Street, near Marcus Garvey Boulevard, in Bedford-Stuyvesant around 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 11 and tying up the couple.
The pair then put a sheet over them as they ransacked the home, police said. They fled with an undetermined amount of property.
Ethlin Thompson was eventually able to free herself and call police.
Waldiman Thompson was rushed to Interfaith Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, police said. Ethlin Thompson was treated at NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County for injuries to her leg related to being tied up.
The medical examiner’s office later ruled Waldiman Thompson’s death a homicide, citing sudden cardiac arrest.
Blackwood, of Brooklyn, was charged on Friday with second-degree murder, assault and burglary.