Trusted Caretaker Charged With Burglary That Left 91-Year-Old Man Dead

An aide who was caring for an elderly couple allegedly set them up to be robbed.

The aide in charge of taking care of an elderly couple has been charged with setting up a robbery that left the husband dead. According to NY Daily News, Suzette Troutman was arrested on Monday on murder and other charges following the home invasion robbery of 91-year-old Waldiman Thompson and his wife, 100-year-old Ethlin.

The 45-year-old aide allegedly orchestrated the robbery at the Brooklyn home of the couple. Troutman was hired about two years ago to help the Thompsons with odd jobs, shopping and housekeeping.

On October 11, Troutman reportedly drove her nephew and another man to the couple's home. The thieves tied up the couple and took $5,000. The incident left the husband in cardiac arrest, and he died of a heart attack. Ethlin escaped and called for help. 

“For two years now, she would go by there and somehow check on them, now and then,” Ethlin's brother, Garfield Bringle, said of the aide. “I met her, talked to her. Looks are deceiving; you can’t see people’s true colors.”

Added Assistant District Attorney Bernarda Villalona, “The defendant is the key to planning this home invasion. She had the knowledge and the trust. She caused his death.”

Troutman has been charged with second-degree murder and two counts of assault and burglary. 

Troutman's lawyer denies her involvement: “She didn’t plan it. She didn’t direct it. She took care of the couple who were family to her. She is innocent. Innocent, innocent. None of it’s true. The NYPD makes stuff up.” 

The nephew, 27-year-old Dwayne Blackwood, was charged with the same counts. 

[Image: Family photo]


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