Sunday, December 18, 2011

New York Lift Fire: 47-year-old man hands Himself in to the Police - 18th Dec 2011

A man is being questioned by police after a woman was burned to death in a lift by an attacker in her New York apartment building.

Doris Gillespie, 64, was ambushed, sprayed with flammable liquid and then set alight. The incident was caught on CCTV.

A 47-year-old man, who has not been charged, walked into a police station overnight smelling of petrol and implicated himself, police said.

The attacker was seen entering the lift dressed as a pest controller, wearing gloves, with a protective mask on his head and a container on his back in Brooklyn, New York.

He then went to the fifth floor and lay in wait for his victim, who was returning home from shopping.

The attacker is reported to have first glued shut the locks on the woman's apartment and then doused the lift door with accelerant.

As she opened it, the man sprayed her in the face, then covered her from head to toe in flammable liquid. Read More