By: E&P Staff
Police and emergency workers at first believed that New York Times reporter David E. Rosenbaum, 63, had a stroke or seizure when they found him on a sidewalk in Northwest Washington on Friday night, The Washington Post reports on Tuesday.
Only several hours later did they realize he apparently had been beaten and robbed, authorities said yesterday. He died of head injuries on Sunday.
“The confusion cost police time that could have been spent combing the neighborhood for robbery suspects,” writes Post reporters Del Quein Wilber and Debbi Wilgornen. It was not until Rosenbaum was evaluated at Howard University Hospital that authorities viewed him as a crime victim.
Now police are treating the case as a homicide.
“Authorities said they had few clues about what happened to Rosenbaum, who left his house about 9 p.m. to take a walk,” the Post reports. “He was apparently wearing headphones and listening to music when someone approached him and hit him on the head.”
Police said Rosenbaum’s wallet was taken. He was disoriented and emergency workers thoughts he had suffered a stroke, and/or was drunk. Then it took 22 minutes for an ambulance to reach the scene.
“Fire department officials said last night they had launched an investigation to determine why it took so long; they said they strive to get an ambulance to such scenes within 10 minutes,” the Post related.