Staten Island woman beaten, robbed for $18 dies

February 16, 2011 3:57:40 AM PST
A 75-year-old woman who was viciously attacked and robbed for $18 has died in the hospital.

At the Naimo home on Victory Boulevard, Linda Naimo's relatives say they are feeling a mix of emotions.

There is heartbreak, sadness, and anger.

"I want these people caught. I want them caught," said the victim's son.

Their anger is aimed at the suspects behind the January robbery that may have led to the 75-year-old's death.

"How could someone do this for $18? Shouldn't have happened," said Carol Rivers, a relative.

NYPD Detectives left the home late in the afternoon Tuesday, after updating the family on the investigation.

So far, they only have a vague description of the male and female suspects.

Three weeks ago, Linda Naimo and her 81-year-old husband Joe had just locked up their store.

They were heading to their apartment next door, when the two thieves pushed them into the vestibule and brutally beat the elderly couple.

Rocco Naimo says he tried to help his parents but the attackers hit him too.

It was his mother who suffered the most.

"They beat her up, kicked her, stomped on her. They beat her up," Rocco Naimo said.

By the time it was over she'd suffered a broken nose, broken jaw and a fractured skull.

In recent days, just when it looked like she was on the road to recovery, Linda Naimo died.

"She ended up having a seizure and then a massive heart attack," Rocco Naimo said, "They need to pay for what they did, now it's more than robbery, it's a homicide."

The male suspect is described as a black male, 6-foot tall and wearing a dark-colored hoody.

The female suspect is described as a black female, who was wearing a dark-colored hoody with fur around the hood.

There is a $12,000 reward for information that leads to the identification, arrest and conviction of the above suspects.

Anyone with information in regards to the above incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

You can also submit your tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting your tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and then entering TIP577.

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