An elderly Staten Island man was found deceased in his home with the words “I touch little girls” written on his chest, police said Tuesday.
Robert Raynor, who is believed to be 80, was found in the first floor hallway of a Corson Avenue home in Tompkinsville at 9:30 a.m. police sources said Monday. He was lying face up, without a shirt, with his hands stretched over his head and had the message, “I take dolls in my room for girls age 1-5,” written on his stomach, a witness confirmed Tuesday.
“I saw him lying there. I didn’t get too close. The man was just dead,” said Isaac Williams, 40, who lives in an apartment upstairs, and found the body. “What was written on his chest was just disrespectful.” He also had the words “I touch” written on one foot, sources who have knowledge about the investigation said.
Raynor does not appear on the state’s sex offender registry, although he had 24 arrests on his record, with none relating to pedophilia. The senior citizen suffered a broken nose, injuries to both arms, and swelling to his eyes and cheeks as if he had been beaten, sources reported.
A spokesman for the city Office of Chief Medical Examiner said he was killed by blunt trauma to the head and torso. “There was a banging around the night before, like someone throwing someone around,” Williams said, adding he didn’t think much of it at the time. “I can’t believe it. I can’t get my head right,” he said. “I don’t believe it. He was an old man. He couldn’t even get around.”
“He didn’t bother nobody. He was very much disabled. He had to walk with a walker. We’d see him crawling up the stairs,” said Monique Simon, 46, his next-door neighbor. She couldn’t believe the charge written on his chest. “He didn’t seem capable. Maybe someone did this to throw the case off,” she said.
Raynor lived alone in his apartment for at least seven years and didn’t work, she said. He also had an array of health problems and constantly complained about his arthritis. “Friday, he said to me, ‘The Lord is not ready for me yet,’” she said. “Those were his very words. I guess now it’s between him and God.”
One of Raynor’s daughters, Shakera McFadden, age 32, was shocked at the messages left on his body and insisted that they were false. “My daddy never touched nobody. He never touched no little girls,” said McFadden, whose father lived with her in North Carolina until he moved to Staten Island several years ago.
McFadden said her father was suffering from cancer and was nearly immobile. “He could barely move his arms, he could barely move legs. He could barely do anything,” she said. “He ain’t no Saint, but he ain’t no pedophile,” the daughter said.
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