Hazel Brown and Stephenson Bonaparte

Couple who owned religious store stabbed to death outside home in robbery gone wrong: Cops

A Brooklyn, New York, couple was reportedly stabbed to death in front of their home Wednesday in what police are treating as a robbery.

The New York Times reported that police were responding to a call in the Prospect Lefferts Gardens neighborhood at 6:40 p.m. when they found Hazel Brown, 59, and Stephenson Bonaparte, 65, unconscious with stabs wounds. Police said Brown managed to stumble into to her home but was pronounced dead at the scene; Bonaparte was found outside and was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Police sources told the New York Daily News that a man wearing a ski mask approached the victims as they entered the home. The man is said to have stabbed them in the neck before running off.

The couple’s daughter, who lived upstairs from the victims with her own family, fled the home during the barbaric attack and called 911, according to WNBC. The woman reportedly put a blanket over her 2-year-old daughter to stifle her cries before running to a neighbor’s home to get help.

A neighbor told the station that they saw Bonaparte lying motionless in his front yard with his groceries all over the ground.

“Bloody, like movie bloody,” another neighbor, only identified as Tony, told The Times. “He couldn’t talk. I think blood was in his lungs.”

The couple’s daughter reportedly told Tony that she believed her mother fought off her attacker, likely preventing him from reaching the family’s second-floor home.

The Daily News reported that police are currently looking into whether Wednesday fatal incident was a robbery gone wrong. Reports indicated that the couple owned a religious gift store and were walking home from work when they were killed.

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information about Hazel Brown and Stephenson Bonaparte’s stabbing deaths is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

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