UPDATE: The man’s death was officially ruled a homicide Wednesday, according to the medical examiner’s office.
TOMPKINSVILLE, Staten Island — A man who was found dead in the hallway of a Staten Island apartment building had the message “I touch little girls” written on his body, police sources said.
Cops responded to a call of an unconscious man inside an apartment along Corson Avenue and Jersey Street in Tompkinsville just after 9:30 a.m. on Monday, authorities said. Officers arrived to find a man lying in the first floor hallway shirtless and unresponsive.
“I touch little girls” was written on his chest with what appears to be a black marker, police sources said. “I take dolls in my room for girls age 1-5” was also written on him.
Police say a fellow tenant in the man’s building discovered the body Monday morning. By Tuesday evening, detectives were still dusting for prints.
The man suffered trauma to his face, but it was unclear if it was caused by an assault or a fall, according to authorities.
He was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity has not been released, but police sources said he is anywhere between 70 and 80 years old.
The man kept to himself and had extreme difficulty getting around, neighbors told PIX11.
“We seen him crawling, literally crawling, on the floor and I asked my husband to help him,” area resident Monique, who asked to be identified only by her first name, said.
She’s a mother herself and said she doesn’t know who might have had their kids around the man.
“Anybody can be a pedophile. I don’t know what he did in his past,” she said. “I don’t know who had they kids around him, but if he did that, he paid a h–l of a price at his age. But if he did that, he gotta answer to God.”
Monique’s husband, Keith, offered to go to the corner store for the man last Friday.
“He seemed very friendly the few times we seen him,” Keith said. “He always said hi, asked how was we doing. Yeah, he seemed really friendly. As for the stuff on his chest, I don’t know. I can’t speak about that. Like my wife said, he gotta answer to God for that.”
The medical examiner will determine the cause of death.