91-year-old man’s body found bound with trauma to the face in the Bronx

Police scene in the Bronx after man's body found

A man’s body was found in the Bronx on Aug. , 2021. (PIX11)

PELHAM GARDENS, the Bronx — A 91-year-old man was found dead in the Bronx with trauma to his head, face and arm, police said Tuesday.

The man’s body was bound with an electrical cord.

His body was found in a garage at a Wickham Avenue home near Waring Avenue around 12:30 p.m., according to the NYPD.

Police early Wednesday said the victim had been outside his residence when a man in a white pick-up truck pulled up.

The unidentified man, seen wearing an orange and white construction vest, was talking to the victim before the two men went into the garage, where the incident took place, authorities said.

According to police, the victim’s nephew arrived at the home and saw the suspect flee before finding his uncle tied up in the garage and calling 911.

Officials initially said officers had been responding to reports of a robbery, but the NYPD said early Wednesday it was unclear if anything had been taken from the home. Police said the grisly discovery was not currently connected to another crime.

The victim was identified by police as Nicholas Rappa, 91, of Wickham Avenue.

No arrests had been made as of early Wednesday, but the NYPD launched a search for the man last seen wearing an orange and white construction vest.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting crimestoppers.nypdonline.org, downloading the NYPD Crime Stoppers mobile app, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

Editor’s Note: Police initially said officers responded to the home at 12:30 a.m. The time was updated after the NYPD corrected their report.

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