91-year-old man bound and beaten to death in Bronx apartment months after being robbed outside his home

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Manhunt underway after 91-year-old retired construction worker was found tied up and beaten to death in his garage – just months after being robbed outside his home

  • The body of a 91-year-old man was found tied up and tied up at his Bronx home on Tuesday, just weeks after being robbed outside his residence.
  • Nicolo Rappa was found bound and beaten to death at his home on Wickham Ave. near Waring Ave. in the Pelham Gardens area at 12:30 p.m.
  • The retired construction worker lived at the residence with his 96-year-old wife, whom he looked after in their old age
  • NYPD alerted to crime after 911 call home for theft
  • They eventually located Rappa with his hands tied and a towel placed over his head.
  • No arrests were made on Wednesday










A 91-year-old man was found tied up and beaten to death at his Bronx home on Tuesday, just months after being robbed outside his residence, police said.

Nicolo Rappa was discovered around 12:30 p.m. tied up and beaten in a garage behind his house at 2400 Wickham Avenue near Waring Avenue in the Pelham Gardens neighborhood, sources told the New York Daily News.

The retired construction worker lived there with his 96-year-old wife, whom he helped care for in their old age, according to neighbors.

The NYPD responded to a 911 call at noon for a theft from the house. They eventually located Rappa with his hands tied and a towel over his head. No arrests were made.

Rappa’s neighbor Robert D’Alessandro, 64, told the outlet: “Whoever did this has no conscience. They deserve a slow and painful death.

The body of a 91-year-old man was found tied up and tied up at his Bronx home on Tuesday, just weeks after being robbed outside his residence.

The retired construction worker had lived at the residence (pictured) with his 96-year-old wife, whom he helped care for in their old age, neighbors say

The retired construction worker had lived at the residence (pictured) with his 96-year-old wife, whom he helped care for in their old age, neighbors say

His tenant found him in the garage, which was open, the neighbor added. ‘He started calling’ Nick! Pseudo!’ And he saw him in the back, tied up and dead.

Police sources told the Daily News that a relative living in a downstairs apartment actually ran into Rappa’s suspected killer and confronted the man, who fled in a white Ford van in proximity.

Rappa’s neighbors described the old man’s killer as a black man and wearing an orange and white construction vest, the Daily News reports.

The old man had been the target of a robbery a few months earlier, D’Alessandro said. “I wonder if that has anything to do with it. ”

Another resident of the neighborhood, Paul Dock, 46, told NBC News that Rappa was a construction worker in the city for years, but is now dedicated to helping his disabled wife.

“He built Co-op City. He would tell us stories about his work there. He took care of his wife, ”said Paul Dock, 46, also a construction worker.

“She could only get from her bed to the kitchen table. He was a good man. ‘

Rappa's neighbor Robert D'Alessandro said the old man was the target of a robbery just months before the murder.

Rappa’s neighbor Robert D’Alessandro said the old man was the target of a robbery just months before the murder. “I wonder if this has anything to do with it,” he said.

Investigators raided the residence after Rappa's bound and beaten body was found, with a crime scene unit combing the property on Tuesday afternoon

Investigators raided the residence after Rappa’s bound and beaten body was found, with a crime scene unit combing the property on Tuesday afternoon

The NYPD was alerted to the crime after a 911 call home for a theft around noon on Tuesday

Investigators raided the residence after the discovery of Rappa’s bound and beaten body. A crime scene unit combed through the property, which was surrounded by yellow warning tape, on Tuesday afternoon.

No arrests were made on Wednesday.

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