Police Search For Man Who Set Brooklyn Woman On Fire

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police released surveillance photos of a man they say doused a woman and set her on fire in an elevator in Brooklyn Saturday.

The tragedy happened at 203 Underhill Avenue in Prospect Heights.

Residents told CBS 2’s Dave Carlin they first heard screaming, then saw the smoke, and finally realized a woman was on fire inside.

“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,” said resident John.

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Along with his neighbors, John made it the first floor just as firefighters were pushing their way in to the charred elevator and the body of the woman burned alive.

Neighbor Carmen Martinez says the victim’s name is Delores. She’s believed to be in her 60’s and lived in the fifth floor apartment since the early 1980s.

“Buena she was real nice. She knew her for 30 years, used to give toys and gifts to kids all the time,” Martinez said.

The victim, a single mother, lives with one of her two adult sons. Police say she was returning from a shopping trip when the elevator doors opened and the man doused her with the flammable liquid, using a lighter to set her on fire.

The building’s super showed investigators the building’s many cameras, one in the elevator and two that cover the doors.

“They haven’t told me anything. I’m just waiting for an answer when should I get in,” neighbor Daniel Vedrine told Carlin.

He and other residents left waiting in the cold were directed to a heated city bus and told to be patient for a process that could take many hours.

Investigators tell CBS 2 it will be early morning before the body is removed from this building and tenants are allowed back in their homes.

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  • Manny Festo

    That is one UGLY MUTHER FoCKA

  • Roger Vanhouwe

    Mailing from Belgium, and after what happened here last week, the horror of someone putting fire to another human being makes me shiver and swaet, and there is once again, the headache, too familiar now. Will this ever end?

  • Eli Barak

    The dear Lady was trying to help an unfortunate person. He was fired by her after she accused him of theft from her apartment. He posted a list of financial demands on her door and then burned her to death.

    Nevertheless we must not lose our compassion for the poor and we cannot become so pessimistic that we refuse to help others. We must be more wary when we opens our homes to those we don’t really know.

    The Lady is with God and with the Righteous People who have preceded her and who will follow her. I send my compassion and my love to her family.

    • P.F. Undit

      Perhaps we shouldn’t lose our compassion for the poor, but we also cannot lose our compassion for the murdered; neither can we annul our civic duty to discover the truth of this atrocity and properly punish the murderer.

  • fuwaa

    can’t just believe this…..

  • JJ

    america, lol

    • KMW

      Yeah, because stuff like this NEVER happens in other countries.

  • petes

    Wait, the neighbor says (through a translator) that she knew her for 30 YEARS yet after being here all these years she still doesn’t speak English? I go to Italy for 10 days and I’m brushing up on the language ahead of time. 30 years and not being conversant yet is beyond bizarre.

    • Willis Forster

      He looks like illegal african alien like obama’s uncle.


    Thankfully, he turned himself in overnight. He needs mental help.

    • thor's hammer

      I for one, will no contribute 2 cents to his getting “help.” Bad enough the good people of new york will have to foot the bill for his incarceration and public defender. Enough is enough. There was no help for his victim. Justice for the victim only.

  • Lisa

    Ghetto mentality, not Negro mentality. This is the result of poor, uneducated, usually fatherless people who have no strong faith or family unit to support them and literally learn everything they know from TV, movies and the street. It’s disgusting and he can go to prison where he’ll fit right in. It’s not only Blacks that commit crimes like this, but it is prevalent in poor, minority neighborhoods for the above reasons.

    • me

      So you are going to explain this away because he’s poor? I did not see how wealthy she was. Where is the news accusing obama and the left for causing this with all their class warfare comments?

  • GL

    Looks like she was targeted.

  • Turkey Baster

    I hope they catch that animal and cremate him alive. My prayers go out to her soul and family. Imagine the pain she must have suffered. r.i.p. Ms Lady.

  • Klaus

    Why has Mayor Bloomberg twiddled his thumbs and not banned elevators in NYC yet? Had he banned elevators like salt, this tragedy would have never occurred. Shame on Mayor Bloomberg for not banning things that kill people, like elevators.

    • Arlene

      Klaus, Mayor Mike should ban gasoline. Then this never would have happened.

      Or Mayor Mike can still push for banning guns based on this incident. That makes as much as much sense as his previous anti-gun tirades.

      The real solution is to ship the ghetto gutter apes back to Apefrica where they can burn, maim and kill each other and we in New York won’t hear about their savagery.

    • Lisa

      Klaus…..you are truly an idiot. People kill people not elavators. But I forgive you. I guess you can’t help it as you were at the back of the line when god gave out brains. Prays to the family for their loss.

      • Mel

        Lisa, you’re the idiot. Don’t you recognize irony when you see it??

        This was clearly a comment about Bloomberg’s anti-gun stance.

    • Gerard Lincoln

      Google “necklacing.” This is common to the blacks, especially in Africa.

  • randy

    Sick b——

  • Barre Flynn

    One more thing. It is not only the quantity of crimes that measures how bad we have become, but also the quality of the crimes. This murder stains our community as if it were 1000 murders and the little boy in Boro Park adds another 20,000 to the list. The lack of a basic regard for life and humanity is very disturbing.

  • Barre Flynn

    This is a horrific commentary on the society we have produced.

  • Jim

    Shocking………Why ? This makes no sense at all……….. Especially since it takes planning and specialized equipment……..Very strange and horrific….When they get this perp, he should be rushed through the system then executed asap……

    • Mr Turkey

      Well, he won’t be executed AT ALL. He will continue to live off our tax dollars. Welfare before capture. And prison after (providing he doesn’t get the original OJ jury).

  • Dirk

    why do these imbecile webdesigner clear the text of a lengthy message when there is an error in the form.

  • Saskia Huben

    I just couldn’t believe a person is capable of doing something this horrifying to another human being. My heart just goes out to this poor innocent woman and her family.

    • Error1355

      Do you REALLY believe what you just said Holly? LOL

    • Taylor Zoelyarnsen

      They are not all bad. But most of the one’s who aren’t still defend the ones that are. Wonder what MLK would say if he was still alive. And if things would be different. Maybe the bad ones would listen to him. They don’t listen to anyone else. But are nourished by political protection pretty much like you said.

    • bolero

      hey holly,

      the fact that you are a raging, racist imbecile is self-evident, and requires no further commentary even if you tell yourself that the reference to kipling (thus establishing the fact that you read books) proves. i take it for granted, and take solace from the fact that your atrophied mind is too weak to be of any consequence one way or the other, except on forums like this in which you can air out your idiotic notions. I can’t imagine normal people wasting their time listening to you (the beer swigging, sweaty, pink, toothless hicks who make up your social circle don’t count as normal).

      • Pyatt

        Oh, like wasting away your tax dollars? Oh, ok. You must have plenty to spare.

  • Professional Troll

    When will the elevator be back in service? Same goes for the one at 285 Madison Avenue.

  • Monica P

    What are you tring to say? All races do this.

    • Very conservative

      What are you tr(Y)ing to say? That liberalism is a mental disorder?

      Yes, we know.


    Im almost positive it was a white dude

  • Klarence Dayle Guerra

    can someone kill this man??

  • Nancyr

    What in God’s name is going thru this guys head as we see him here?

    • Pyatt

      Maybe he thought she stole his chicken nugget and EBT card.

  • Koetje Boe

    OMG! What a sick F***!!!!

  • Can you detect sarcasm?

    “Manhunt”? Yeah I’m very sure that it will be of the same caliber of the one that took place almost a week ago when that cop got shot dead although they already had the shooter in custody. SURE.

  • Tonia Mcintosh

    Damn!!! May God bless her soul!!!! Why are people so hateful? You mean to tell me their lives are so miserable that they must take an innocent womans life? Does life mean so little to these people!!!! I say an eye for an eye, Im going back to the old testament. Because that was just plain EVIL!!! May her family find some kind of comfort. I know its gonna be a long hard road ahead for them and im sending my prayers out to them.

  • Carl S

    This man should be caught and publicly executed.

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