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Brooklyn man set woman on fire in elevator over $2,000 debt: cops



The man who allegedly doused his elderly boss with gasoline and torched her to death in a heinous attack in a Brooklyn elevator did so to settle the score over a debt, authorities said.

Jerome Isaac, 47, of Brooklyn, ambushed 73-year-old Deloris Gillespie in the elevator of her Prospect Heights building, covering her with a flammable liquid then setting her aflame with a Molotov cocktail, all because she refused to pay him $2,000 for odd jobs on her apartment, authorities said.

He then fled to an old apartment and unsuccessfully tried to set it on fire too. After hiding on that building's roof for a short while, he walked into a police station smelling of gasoline and turned himself in, officials said. No one was injured in the second fire. He was charged with murder and arson.

Gillespie had hired Isaac to do work around her apartment, but Gillespie fired him after she discovered that Isaac had been stealing expensive items from her apartment, according to published reports. She then refused to pay him for the work.

The attack, which happened Saturday around 4 p.m., lasted about a minute and was caught on video. 

"He indicated that he was responsible for setting a fire — he didn’t say anything about a homicide," NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said in published reports. “Since then he has made statements implicating himself in the attack."

It was unclear whether Isaac had an attorney.

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