BROOKLYN - A man died following an apparent heart attack in Brownsville after police questioned his family about a cellphone robbery.
Police responded to a call early Thursday of a robbery near Rockaway Parkway and Kings Highway. Officers were met by a woman who told them she was punched in the face by a teenage male. Upon searching the area, officers observed the suspect go into a building located at 379 Rockaway Parkway.
Authorities then began knocking on neighbors' doors in an attempt to find the suspect. In doing so, they came across Carlos Alcis, 43, who suffered what his family describes as a heart attack and died after police came to his door and questioned him. Police were called back to the apartment shortly after they left because the father of eight had experienced seizure symptoms and collapsed.
One neighbor who says he often played dominoes with the Haitian descendant says tense situations like a police raid may have triggered the sudden death. The medical examiner is investigating what exactly caused Alcis' death and News 12 is waiting on a response about the incident from the NYPD.
Police visited other homes during the raid, but were unable to find the suspect in question.