BEDFORD-STUYVESANT – The NYPD announced on Friday that a third suspect has been arrested in connection to the October 11 home invasion and robbery in Bed-Stuy that left 91-year-old Waldiman Thompson dead.
Howard Morris, 44, of Crown Heights was apprehended on Friday in Bushwick, according to a NYPD representative. Morris has 11 prior arrests and was captured on surveillance video carrying a lockbox reportedly taken from Walidman and Ethlin Thompsons’ home.
Dwayne Blackwood, 27, of East New York was arrested on October 20 in connection to the case. His aunt, Suzette Troutman, 45, of Canarsie was arrested on October 23. The three are charged with murder, assault, and burglary.
Waldiman and Ethlin Thompson reportedly hired Troutman approximately two years ago to assist them with their shopping and housekeeping. Troutman allegedly told Blackman and Morris about the Thompsons and where the couple kept money in their home.
Video footage showed Troutman driving Blackman and Morris to the Thompsons’ home and waiting for them in the car during the robbery, according to investigators.
According to reports, the robbers followed 100-year-old Ethlin Thompson into her ground-floor apartment on Decatur Street and tied up her and her husband before ransacking their home.
After the suspects left, Ethlin was able to untie herself and call 911. When police arrived to the scene, they found her husband lying on the floor, still tied up and unresponsive. EMS transported him to Interfaith Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Investigators say the incident caused Waldiman to suffer cardiac arrest.