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Woman Set Afire In Elevator Of Her NYC Building, Suspect Arrested

A New York City man has been charged with dousing a woman with a flammable liquid and setting her afire with a Molotov cocktail inside an elevator.

Police say Jerome Isaac, of Brooklyn, was arrested Sunday on murder and arson charges in the death of 73-year-old Deloris Gillespie.

Authorities say the 47-year-old Isaac ambushed Gillespie in the elevator of her Brooklyn apartment building on Saturday afternoon. The attack was recorded by two video cameras, including one inside the small elevator.

Police say Isaac reeked of gasoline when he walked into a police station overnight and implicated himself in Gillespie's death.

Before the arrest, New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne wouldn't comment on a motive but said the suspect knew Gillespie.

It wasn't immediately clear if Isaac had a lawyer.


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