- by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
today that William Fitzsimmons, 85, of Belleville died yesterday of injuries he received during a home invasion of his Cedar Hill Avenue residence.
Fitzsimmons had been hospitalized since the May 16 robbery, during which he suffered blunt force trauma.
According to a report in the Belleville Times, Fitzsimmons had told police that he had heard a knock at his door at about 7pm that Saturday evening. Apparently, as he opened the door he was then struck from behind by someone already inside of his house. He was then tied up while the intruder reportedly cut his phone lines, ransacked the house, stole costume jewelry and then fled the scene.
It's believed that after the robber left, Fitzsimmons went outside and then fell unconscious. The next morning at about 10am, two persons found Fitzsimmons outside his home; his face was "bloody, bruised and swollen." They contacted Belleville Police who began their investigation.
The Essex County Prosecutor's Office along with the Belleville Police Department are continuing to investigate the incident.