An 83-year-old Philadelphia man who was found tied up, gagged and beaten after a home invasion on New Years Eve has died, turning the case into a murder investigation.
Mauricio Gesmundo was found by his daughter and son-in-law in his home at 3900 North Fairhill Street in the Hunting Park neighborhood, Action News 6 ABC reports.
Police said he was found tied up and gagged and repeatedly hit with a fist or blunt object, according to reports.
Police confirmed that Gesmundo died on Monday evening, according to reports.
“I’m really still in disbelief right now,” her son, George Gesmundo, told 6 ABC.
According to reports, the suspect (s) got away with a black safe containing between $ 30,000 and $ 50,000, which belonged to Gesmundo’s sister and brother-in-law, who do business on eBay.
Investigators do not know if he was specifically targeted, but note that there was no sign of forced entry, according to reports.
“He wasn’t expecting anyone because it was New Years Eve and the whole family, the rest of my family, went to our other sister’s house for New Years Eve that night,” her son told 6 ABC. “Ninety-nine point nine percent of the time, my dad doesn’t open the door unless he knows this person.” ”
Police are offering a reward of $ 20,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the responsible person (s), and anyone with information should call 215-686-TIPS.