Woman set on fire in elevator

2011-12-18 10:30

New York - Police say a woman burned to death in the elevator of her New York City apartment building after a man ambushed her, sprayed her with liquid and set her on fire with a Molotov cocktail.

Police spokesperson Paul Browne says the unidentified man was waiting for the woman when the elevator doors opened to her floor of the Brooklyn building on Saturday afternoon.

Browne says the unidentified woman was returning with grocery bags when the elevator doors opened to the fifth floor and she was sprayed by the assailant. The woman tried to protect herself, but the man sprayed her directly in the face.

After spraying her again, the suspect used a lighter to ignite a rag in a bottle and set her aflame.

Police are searching for the suspect, who they say knew his victim.

  • Bob - 2011-12-18 10:40

    U n b e l i e v a b l e..!

      Dirk - 2011-12-18 13:04

      Ja Mpho,silly motherf@cker....

  • Robbie - 2011-12-18 11:06

    I can't think of a worse way to go.

  • Ian - 2011-12-18 11:08

    sick bastard, death penalty case

  • Sharon - 2011-12-18 11:08


  • Garth - 2011-12-18 11:20

    How unbelievably horrible. May he suffer the eternal fate of Prometheus.

  • Gail - 2011-12-18 11:41

    Certainly sounds personal! How awful to kill someone in this way - completely barbaric.

  • Lee Khwani - 2011-12-18 11:46

    What did this woman do to deserve such a ruthless demonic act upon her? I'm so appauled by this.

  • daniel.w.gie - 2011-12-18 12:37

    And we thought it was bad here , no different in the big APPLE .

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2011-12-18 12:42

    This kind of story is sick, and give our criminals an new way of robbing and killing their victims. So Ladies take care out there, there is more evil just awaiting.

  • Sechaba - 2011-12-18 16:11

    I love SA these Americans have some hate tendency

  • Herman - 2011-12-18 21:49

    The silly season strikes again

  • margaret.mead1 - 2011-12-20 10:15

    This is shocking in the extreme! Such cruelty and hatred, and to inflict such torture is unbelievable. Nobody deserves this. I hope the perpetrator will be caught and punished severely. My condolences to the family and friends of the victim.

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