Police: NYC woman burned to death owed suspect $2K

CRISTIAN SALAZAR Associated Press Published:

NEW YORK (AP) -- Police say a man charged with setting a New York City woman on fire in an elevator was angry because she owed him $2,000.

Authorities say Jerome Isaac told them he set 73-year-old Deloris Gillespie ablaze because she owed him money for work he had done. Isaac faces murder and arson charges in her death on Saturday afternoon.

Police spokesman Paul Browne says the 47-year-old Isaac walked into a police precinct overnight and said he had started a fire.

Browne says Gillespie was ambushed in the elevator of her Brooklyn apartment building, doused with a flammable liquid and set afire with a Molotov cocktail. He says Isaac had been waiting for her when the elevator doors opened.

The Brooklyn district attorney's office didn't know if Isaac had an attorney.

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