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Getaway Driver Had Child In Car During Deadly Brooklyn Home Invasion, Police Say

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New information in a deadly home invasion in Brooklyn as a second suspect charged in connection with the case faced a judge.

Suzette Troutman, 45, was arraigned overnight, charged with second-degree murder and assault and two counts of burglary.

Investigators say Troutman was a home health aide for 91-year-old Waldiman Thompson and his 100-year-old wife Ethlin Thompson.

New details in court documents reveal that police have Troutman on surveillance video allegedly picking up her nephew, 27-year-old Dwayne Blackwood, and another man in an SUV shortly before the Oct. 11 heist, CBS2’s Janelle Burrell reported.

Detectives say the footage shows Troutman drop off her nephew and the other man near the Thompson’s Bed-Stuy home where inside, police say the men tied up Mr. Thompson with a cord and sheet over his head and restrained his wife with a belt, allegedly ordering her to shut up or they would kill her.

After finding the couple’s lock box with $5,000 cash, investigators say Blackwood and the man, who was seen on surveillance video with the lock box, left.

Police say surveillance video then shows Troutman with a small child in the SUV pick up the men and drive them from the robbery scene back to her nephew’s home, where they are seen taking their stash, including the lock box, inside.

Mr. Thompson died from a heart attack. Mrs. Thompson, who buried her husband Friday, managed to break free from the belt and called for help.

Troutman’s nephew was arrested last week. Police are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the third suspect’s arrest.

 

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