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Debt leads to torching in NYC elevator

3 years ago December 19, 2011 Dec 19, 2011 Monday, December 19 2011 Monday, December 19, 2011 4:59:14 AM EST in News
Source: Associated Press

NEW YORK - Police in New York say an unpaid debt led to the torching of a woman Saturday on a Brooklyn elevator.

73-year-old Deloris Gillespie was returning to her fifth-floor apartment with her groceries, as a man stood waiting for her.

Surveillance video from inside the elevator shows the man dressed like an exterminator, with a sprayer, white gloves and a dust mask.

New York police say when the elevator opened, 47-year-old Jerome Isaac sprayed Gillespie "sort of methodically" with a canister filled with flammable liquid and then set her on fire.

Isaac turned himself in Sunday. When he arrived to the station, police say he reeked of gasoline.

Isaac later told police he did it because the woman owed him $2,000 for some work he had done for her.

Isaac remains in police custody and faces charges of first and second-degree murder, along with arson.

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