This man has yet to be charged….WARNING: What you are about to read IS DISTURBING (if it’s not you need your head checked) and unfortunately it seems to happen all the time and nobody does anything about it.
Police in New York City say they are questioning a man in connection with the death of a New York City woman set on fire in the elevator of her apartment building.
New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne said Sunday that the 47-year-old man went into a police precinct a couple of kilometres from where the attack happened in Brooklyn and said he had started a fire.
The man hasn’t been charged, said Browne. The man’s identity hasn’t been released.
Deloris Gillespie, 64, was ambushed in the elevator of her Brooklyn apartment building on Saturday afternoon, doused with an accelerant and set afire with a Molotov cocktail. The suspect had been waiting for her when the elevator doors opened to the fifth floor of her apartment building in Prospect Heights, police said.
“It was apparent he knew she was on the elevator,” Browne said Saturday.
The attack happened shortly after 4 p.m., lasted about a minute and was recorded by two video cameras, including one inside the small elevator.
The video showed the elevator doors opening to the floor where Gillespie’s apartment was located and the assailant stepping in and spraying her, police said.
Sprayed victim ‘methodically’ with liquid
Gillespie, who had grocery bags in her arms, turned about 180 degrees and then crouched in an attempt to protect herself, he said. But the man sprayed her directly in the face and continued to spray her “sort of methodically” over her head and parts of her body as the bags draped off her arms, according to Browne.
She turned and retreated to the back of the elevator. Then, the suspect pulled out a barbecue-style lighter, used it to ignite a rag in a bottle and then waited for a few seconds before using the flames to set her afire, causing smoke to fill the elevator.
The man backed out as she fell to the floor of the elevator and seemed to pause before tossing the bottle inside the elevator and onto her. Browne wouldn’t comment on the motive in the killing, but said the suspect knew Gillespie.
Police released still images of the man Saturday night, showing him in a black jacket, wearing what appear to be surgical gloves and with a white dust mask perched atop his head like a pair of sunglasses. He is holding what appears to be a canister with a nozzle and spraying as he steps into the elevator.
Neighbours reported a fire in the building, unaware that the woman was burning to death in the elevator. Residents were evacuated and kept away from the six-story building for hours Saturday night as police investigated.
There, it’s over now. My question is, why do we tolerate this sort of thing? Was there nobody else around who would step up and question why this guy was carrying around a barbecue lighter and accelerant in an apartment building? Could no one have stepped in and said “this is a bad idea.” Could nobody have stopped this? Another person dead who didn’t need to be…
Do you know what the scary thing is? The guy who did this will probably get out of any major punishment because he’ll probably plead insanity, and that can pretty much clear anyone of any wrong-doing these days for some reason. He obviously was not thinking when he set that woman ablaze…and now someone is missing a wife, mother, and grandmother perhaps…all for no reason…
All women are meant to be loved, cherished, and protected….I don’t know what this fool was thinking. What a truly messed up world we live in…
“People Need To Think More Often”