December 18th, 2011
02:57 AM ET

Man burns woman alive in New York elevator

Police in New York are looking for a man who doused a woman with a flammable liquid and lit her on fire, killing her, in the elevator of a Brooklyn apartment building Saturday.

Neighbor said the woman was returning home to her fifth floor apartment in Prospect Heights after a grocery store trip.

When the elevator arrived, the man - dressed as an exterminator - sprayed her with an unidentified liquid, set her alight and then fled, police said.

Residents told CNN affiliate WCBS they heard screams and saw smoke - and realized a woman was on fire inside the elevator.

"Myself and someone from the sixth floor went down knocking to get people out. Knocking on doors telling people 'There's a fire, get out, get out," a resident named John told the station. He did not want to give his last name.

Neighbor Carmen Martinez told the station that the victim was a woman in her 60s who had lived in the building since the 1980s.

"She used to give toys and gifts to kids all the time," Martinez told the station.

The attack was caught on two surveillance cameras. Photos that police released of the attacker shows a man dressed in dark blue clothes, white gloves, with a dust mask on his head and carrying a container on his back.

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  1. banasy©

    Stop running.
    I don't want you to collapse again.
    You're as far away from that as you can humanly get.
    Enjoy your escargots, dear heart.

    December 19, 2011 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
  2. gung hoe

    She does to talk country turned HISSELF IN as a example

    December 19, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  3. gung hoe

    The only time Ive heard the word HISSELF was from hillbillys

    December 19, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  4. Ummmm

    No, dude, that's just bad grammar. Are you a hillbilly?

    December 19, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    lol told you banasy theres always SOMEONE out there who will nitpick every damn word you say or every mis-spelling of a word!

    December 19, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Terry G

    Lovers spat

    December 25, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. A person

    Uh o. A woman is killed and the first people on the scene are the grammar police. Its so demonic, friend.

    January 16, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
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