By Calvin Palmer
New York police said today they want to question two people in connection with the death of an 89-year-old Holocaust survivor who was found dead in his apartment with his arms bound behind his back.
Guido Felix Brinkman was found by the superintendent of his Upper East Side apartment building yesterday evening. He was lying face down on his bed with a head injury.
The building doorman told police a man and woman in their twenties came to Brinkmann’s apartment on Wednesday night. They were later seen by witnesses leaving through the basement garage and driving away in Brinkmann’s car, a blue Honda Civic with license plate FELIX B.
Brinkmann’s body was found when his friend Bo Dietl – an NYPD detective turned private investigator – called 911.
Dietl was contacted when Brinkmann, who had been working as a building manager in the Bronx, failed to show up for work
Dietl said a safe in the apartment had not been opened and believes the thieves were trying to get the combination from Brinkmann.
Brinkmann grew up in Latvia and moved to Germany. His family was sent to Auschwitz where he had been due to be killed on several occasions but each time was spared. Dietl said Brinkmann thought it was because he was a skilled electrician.
Brinkmann eventually met his wife at the Nazi death camp. She died a few years ago.
“He was the most likeable person in the world,” said Dietl. “He befriended everyone.”
In April, Brinkmann was arrested on a menacing charge after pulling a gun on people in his office in some type of dispute.
Dietl said Brinkmann’s license to carry a weapon was suspended. The charges were eventually dropped.
[Based on a report by newsday.com.]
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